On May 19, Judge Thomas Durkin of the Northern District of Illinois ordered former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert to begin his 15 month sentence in federal prison on June 22, 2016.  Hastert pleaded guilty last October to one count of structuring transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.  Hastert admitted that he manipulated the transactions to hide a massive payment to an individual whom prosecutors accuse Hastert of sexually abusing.  Hastert, a wrestling coach at the time, is believed to have paid the funds as an out-of-court settlement.  Prosecutors also identified five boys whom they accuse Hastert of abusing, although they are barred by the statutes of limitation from bringing additional charges.  At his sentencing on April 27, Hastert admitted to abusing two of the victims; Judge Durkin cited the underlying abuse as the motivation for the length of Hastert’s sentence, which, according to the Judge, would have been “significantly greater” were Hastert younger or in better health.  United States v. Hastert, 15-cr-00315 (N.D. Ill.).