After pleading guilty in late October in connection with an alleged hush money scheme, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert experienced a stroke in early November and has since been recovering in the hospital.
Hastert's attorney Thomas Green issued a statement Thursday confirming the news.
"Mr. Hastert has suffered a stroke and has been treated for Sepsis. While in the hospital, two back surgeries were performed," Green said.
"We are hopeful that Mr. Hastert will be released from the hospital in the early part of the new year," he added. "The family very much desires that during Mr. Hastert's continued hospitalization his privacy will be respected."
Hastert was charged in May with lying to the FBI and breaking banking rules in an attempt to pay an unidentified individual $3.5 million in hush money to conceal allegations of sexual misconduct. The misconduct allegedly took place when Hastert was a teacher at Yorkville High School back in the 1960s and 1970s.
As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Hastert pleaded guilty on October 28 to one charge on which he was indicted -- failure to adhere to federal bank transaction reporting requirements.
The ex-lawmaker is scheduled to be sentenced on February 29. Hastert faces a sentence of up to six months in prison.