Dennis Hastert, the former Republican speaker of the House who helped shepherd through historic changes to the Medicare program before retiring last November, has been hired as a consultant and adviser for health information service provider Goeken Group Corp., Naperville, Ill.
The Goeken Group, founded by telecommunications pioneer and longtime Hastert backer John Goeken, markets Global Med-Net and Personal Guardiantwo emergency response systems that quickly send critical health information to first responders and emergency physicians. The company also manufactures PolyBrite, a polymer/LED hybrid lighting system.
In his 20 years in the House, Hastert proved a favorite of the healthcare industry, which donated some $892,000 to his campaigns. The American Medical Association, the nations largest physician lobby, gave Hastert $99,000 over his tenure in the House, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The American Hospital Association gave a little more than $54,000.
Hastert, who was the longest serving Republican House speaker, saw his vacated congressional seat go to Democratic newcomer Bill Foster earlier this month. -- by Matthew DoBias