CHICAGO -- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has pleaded guilty in a hush-money case, in a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to serve up to six months in prison.
Hastert pleaded guilty to evading banking laws.
The plea marks the fall from grace of a politician who rose from obscurity in rural Illinois to become second in the line of succession to the presidency.
An indictment issued in May says the 73-year-old Republican agreed to pay someone referred to only as "Individual A" $3.5 million to hide past misconduct by Hastert.
The Associated Press and other media have cited anonymous sources in reporting the payments were to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.