CNN reports that at 2:30 PM EST today, Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) will announce on the House floor that he is retiring from Congress. Hastert’s early retirement would trigger a special election to replace him.
UPDATE: This isn’t the first time the media have announced that Hastert is resigning. A couple of their past inaccurate predictions:
An Illinois Republican source tells us former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) plans to resign November 6 this year instead of finishing out his term. [Robert Novak, 8/22/07]
Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) is expected to announce Thursday that he is resigning his seat in Congress effective later this year. [Roll Call, 10/17/07]