CHICAGO (AP) — For years, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was known primarily for rising from political obscurity in rural Illinois to spending eight years in the nation's third-highest office. Then came a federal indictment in a hush-money case centered on sex abuse allegations, in which the 74-year-old Republican was sentenced Wednesday.
Some key events in Hastert's life and career and the criminal case against him:
JAN. 2, 1942: Hastert is born in Aurora, Illinois, to a family that runs a farm-supply business.
1965: Hastert begins teaching history at Yorkville High School, west of Chicago, and coaching wrestling.
1976: Hastert is named Illinois Coach of the Year after leading Yorkville to the state wrestling championship.
1980: Hastert comes in third in the state House primary, but the GOP chooses him to replace the fatally ill primary winner. Hastert later wins the general election.
1981: Hastert leaves Yorkville High School.
1986: Hastert is nominated to replace a Republican congressman who is battling cancer, and wins a close election.
1998: Hastert tells incumbent House Speaker Newt Gingrich that dissatisfaction in GOP ranks makes it unlikely the Georgia lawmaker will hold onto the post. Gingrich resigns the next day.
1998: Hastert backs President Bill Clinton's impeachment in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
1999: Hastert is elected House speaker.
2007: Hastert steps down as speaker after becoming longest-serving Republican in the position.
2010: Hastert allegedly agrees to pay a person identified only as "Individual A" $3.5 million to hide misconduct by Hastert.
2010-2012: Hastert allegedly makes 15 withdrawals of $50,000 to pay Individual A $750,000 in total, paying the money in lump sums of $100,000 cash.
2012-2014: When Hastert learns any withdrawals over $10,000 are flagged, he allegedly begins withdrawing cash in increments just under $10,000.
2013: The FBI and IRS start investigating Hastert on suspicion of violating banking reporting requirements.
DECEMBER 2014: Agents first question Hastert about the huge cash withdrawals. He allegedly says he's taking the cash home because he doesn't trust banks.
MAY 28, 2015: Hastert is indicted on one count of seeking to skirt bank reporting requirements and one count of lying to the FBI about the reason for his cash withdrawals.
JUNE 9, 2015: Hastert pleads not guilty.
JULY 14, 2015: Defense lawyer Thomas Green blames government leaks for media reports of past sexual misconduct by Hastert, allegations that he says could deprive Hastert of a fair trial.
OCT. 28, 2015: Hastert pleads guilty to evading banking laws and agrees to a deal with federal prosecutors that recommends he serve no more than six months in prison. A judge, however, could go beyond that recommendation and sentence Hastert to as much as five years.
DEC. 17, 2015: Hastert's attorney says in a statement that Hastert had a stroke in early November.
JAN. 28: The federal judge overseeing Hastert's case agrees to delay sentencing until April 8 after Hastert's attorneys say he nearly died from sepsis in November and was not released from the hospital until Jan. 15.
MARCH 2: The judge agrees to delay sentencing after prosecutors say a man who alleges he was sexually abused by Hastert is leaning toward testifying at sentencing but has a conflict on April 8, according to a transcript of a closed-door meeting. It's the first time court documents link sex-abuse allegations to Hastert.
APRIL 6: Defense attorneys ask for probation for Hastert, saying that he is "overwhelmed by the guilt."
APRIL 8: A court filing details allegations of sex abuse against Hastert by at least four former students — the first time prosecutors confirm the hush money was paid to conceal sex abuse.
APRIL 25: "Individual A" sues Hastert for breach of contract, saying he's owed more than half of the $3.5 million promised.
APRIL 27: Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison, sex offender treatment, two years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine that will go to a crime victims fund.
Source: Associated Press archives, court documents.