Volo Auto Museum Recalls Hastert 1942 Car from Belvidere Tollway Oasis

A press release from the Volo Auto Museum:

Belvidere Oasis exhibit featuring former U.S. Speaker’s car to be replaced

VOLO — This week, Volo Auto Museum officials will remove a dark green 1942 Lincoln Zephyr from a display at the Illinois Tollway’s Belvidere Oasis, where it has been since early May.

A 1942 Lincoln Zephyr owned by Denny Hastert, a car manufactured in the year of his birth.

A 1942 Lincoln Zephyr owned by Denny Hastert, a car manufactured in the year of his birth.

The display, noting that the car once belonged to former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert, predated recent news accounts regarding a federal indictment against the well-known Illinois Republican.

“A 1942 Lincoln Zephyr is an impressive-looking car — fairly representative of what people see by the hundreds when visiting the Volo Auto Museum,” Museum Director Brian Grams said. “However, in light of recent events surrounding former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, the Volo Auto Museum will remove the car this week from the oasis and no longer will display it.

“Volo is taking this unusual action in the wake of allegations regarding Hastert’s conduct as reported in the national media over the last several days,” he continued. “The action Volo is taking should not be construed as passing judgment on Hastert’s guilt or innocence in his pending federal criminal case.”


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