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August 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, the former Republican House speaker, will not seek reelection, ending his two-decade career in Congress, according to a congressional aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Hastert, an Illinois Republican, has a news conference scheduled Friday.
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October 18, 2007 | From Times Wire and Staff Reports
Former Republican House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, 65, of Illinois plans to resign his House seat later this year, according to the Roll Call newspaper in Washington. Hastert, who had already announced he would not seek re-election in 2008, was calling friends and associates to tell them of his decision, the paper reported. His early departure would create the need for a special election in his exurban Chicago district, possibly on Illinois' Feb. 5 presidential primary day.
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January 6, 1999 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republicans made official on Tuesday their choice of Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) as the next House speaker, opening the way for what his supporters hope will be a kinder, gentler lower chamber in the new Congress. But analysts and lawmakers say Hastert will face two daunting tasks: To take control of his badly split, often combative party and to reach out to Democrats in an effort to push through major legislation despite a diminished GOP majority.
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August 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, the former Republican House speaker, will not seek reelection, ending his two-decade career in Congress, according to a congressional aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Hastert, an Illinois Republican, has a news conference scheduled Friday.
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April 7, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert had kidney stone surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital, forcing him to cancel a trip to Rome for Pope John Paul II's funeral. Hastert's spokesman, Ron Bonjean, said the 63-year-old Illinois Republican was recovering well and was expected to return home on Friday.
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July 14, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was hospitalized for treatment of a bacterial skin infection. Hastert (R-Ill.), 64, was expected to be treated with intravenous antibiotics at Bethesda Naval Hospital through the weekend, according to his spokesman Ron Bonjean.
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February 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was released from Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora after kidney stone surgery, and aides said he planned to spend a few days recuperating at his Illinois home before returning to Washington. The hospital said the 59-year-old Republican was discharged in good condition about 17 hours after he entered the facility Sunday night. Hastert underwent the surgery after tests showed he had developed kidney stones.
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October 18, 2007 | From Times Wire and Staff Reports
Former Republican House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, 65, of Illinois plans to resign his House seat later this year, according to the Roll Call newspaper in Washington. Hastert, who had already announced he would not seek re-election in 2008, was calling friends and associates to tell them of his decision, the paper reported. His early departure would create the need for a special election in his exurban Chicago district, possibly on Illinois' Feb. 5 presidential primary day.
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October 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The House Ethics Committee questioned Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's top aide for more than six hours as investigators tried to determine whether Hastert's office knew at least three years ago of Rep. Mark Foley's sexual come-ons to male pages. The closed-door testimony by Hastert chief of staff Scott Palmer could help determine who is telling the truth about when the speaker's office first learned of Foley's conduct. Hastert has said it was in the fall of 2005.
NEWS
August 29, 2000 | From Associated Press
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) offered Monday to push legislation boosting the minimum wage by $1 over two years without making the increase contingent on two key tax cuts that drew objections from President Clinton. Democrats expressed cautious optimism that a deal could be struck.
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October 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The House Ethics Committee questioned Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's top aide for more than six hours as investigators tried to determine whether Hastert's office knew at least three years ago of Rep. Mark Foley's sexual come-ons to male pages. The closed-door testimony by Hastert chief of staff Scott Palmer could help determine who is telling the truth about when the speaker's office first learned of Foley's conduct. Hastert has said it was in the fall of 2005.
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October 13, 2006 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
Under ordinary circumstances, there would have been nothing remarkable about President Bush's praise Thursday for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert at a political fundraiser. But this is not an ordinary year. Hastert is struggling to cope with the fallout from how his office handled reports that former Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley dispatched inappropriate electronic messages to a former congressional page.
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October 8, 2006 | Ronald Brownstein
If there was an Olympic competition in closing ranks, surely the Republican Party would take the gold. Prominent conservatives and House Republican leaders tumbled over one another early last week to complain about the way House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) handled the sex scandal that forced the abrupt resignation of Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.).
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September 2, 2006 | Sara Olkon, Chicago Tribune
About 400 supporters of broader immigrant rights streamed out of Chinatown Square at noon Friday to kick off a four-day journey that will end at the district office of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert in Batavia. The activists carried a message on T-shirts and placards: Immigrants' interests matter.
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July 14, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was hospitalized for treatment of a bacterial skin infection. Hastert (R-Ill.), 64, was expected to be treated with intravenous antibiotics at Bethesda Naval Hospital through the weekend, according to his spokesman Ron Bonjean.
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May 28, 2006 | Janet Hook and Faye Fiore, Times Staff Writers
When House Republican leaders gathered for a news conference on the steps of the Capitol last week, it was supposed to be a Memorial Day salute to veterans. But the event quickly deteriorated as reporters crowded around a beleaguered House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). They shouted questions about whether he was under investigation as part of a lobbying scandal and whether he would sue the television network that had reported he was.
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December 31, 1998 | From Associated Press
Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, who is poised to become House speaker next week, exhorted fellow lawmakers Wednesday to "get to work" on cutting taxes and shoring up Social Security to win back the confidence of the public. The six-term Illinois Republican, who emerged as the House GOP consensus candidate for the top job in the wake of Speaker-designate Bob Livingston's withdrawal, offered few details of an agenda.
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September 2, 2006 | Sara Olkon, Chicago Tribune
About 400 supporters of broader immigrant rights streamed out of Chinatown Square at noon Friday to kick off a four-day journey that will end at the district office of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert in Batavia. The activists carried a message on T-shirts and placards: Immigrants' interests matter.
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July 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert (R-Ill.) who has been vague about whether he would give up the reins at the end of this Congress, told a group of supporters that he planned to run again and serve as speaker for the rest of President Bush's second term. Ron Bonjean, Hastert's communications director, said the speaker told an audience of about 80 at a fundraiser last week at the Chicago Club that he would run again "at the urging of his constituents and the president."
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April 7, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert had kidney stone surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital, forcing him to cancel a trip to Rome for Pope John Paul II's funeral. Hastert's spokesman, Ron Bonjean, said the 63-year-old Illinois Republican was recovering well and was expected to return home on Friday.
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