Wheaton College Removes Dennis Hastert’s Name From Center

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is in the Illinois delegation at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Maddalon/Getty Images)
Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is in the Illinois delegation at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Maddalon/Getty Images)

Dennis Hastert’s Illinois alma mater has removed his name from a center titled in his honor, after the former U.S. House speaker was indicted for allegedly lying to the FBI and trying to cover up past “misconduct.”

Wheaton College released a statement today saying, “It is with sadness and shock that the Wheaton College community learned of the indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice of alumnus and former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives J. Dennis Hastert, and of his resignation from the Board of Advisors of the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy at Wheaton College.

“In light of the charges and allegations that have emerged, the College has re-designated the Center as the Wheaton College Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy at this time,” the statement said.

Hastert, 73, graduated from the school in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, according to the Chicago Tribune. He has also reportedly resigned from the center’s board.

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SOURCE: ABC News

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