CHICAGO (AP) — A Wednesday deadline for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert to report to a federal prison in Minnesota is fast approaching although he could report before then.
A judge ordered the 74-year-old Illinois Republican to enter prison no later than 2 p.m. Wednesday to begin serving a 15-month sentence in his hush-money case.
Inmates-to-be usually wait until just before the deadline to report. But Hastert has sought to avoid the media glare and could choose to report early to elude TV cameras.
A defense lawyer confirmed Hastert would report to the Rochester facility. But it’s not known if Hastert will travel about 350 miles from his Plano home to Rochester by car or plane.
Hastert’s case revealed he sexually abused several boys when he coached wrestling at an Illinois high school.