An Illinois state senator under federal investigation for fraud has resigned his office.
In a letter sent Wednesday to the secretary of the senate, Chicago Democrat Martin Sandoval said he will be resigning effective January 1.
It comes a little over two months after FBI agents raided Sandoval’s Springfield and Chicago offices and home hunting for data on concrete and construction businesses, bribery or theft of federal funds.
Chicago Democrat Martin Sandoval has resigned from his post, effective January 1, amid an FBI investigation into corruption and bribery
Sandoval said he is resigning ‘with a heavy heart’, but added he felt it is necessary to avoid ‘distractions’ to the important work going on in Chicago
It comes two months after FBI agents raided Sandoval’s two offices and his home, carrying away boxes of evidence and a computer
After the raid, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and others demanded Sandoval step down as chairman of the Transportation Committee.
Pritzker expressed concern about the integrity of his $41.5billion state construction program, in which Sandoval took a leading role last spring.
Sandoval has represented the 11th District since 2003.
In his letter, dated November 27, he wrote: ‘Since 2003, it has been an honor of a lifetime to serve the State of Illinois and fight on behalf of the good people of the Southwest-Side of Chicago/Suburban West Cook.
‘Respect for my constituents and the Senate has convinced me that this action is necessary in order to proceed without distraction to the important work that needs to be accomplished for working families throughout the state of Illinois in the future.’
At the time of the raids, The Chicago Tribune reported that at least eight men were seen carrying two cardboard boxes, two brown bags labeled ‘evidence’ and possibly a desktop computer wrapped in plastic out of his offices.
Everything was loaded into two waiting SUVs.
Agents were also present at Sandoval’s Southwest Side home later that day, exiting the residence with duty belts, handcuffs and retrieving wheeled hand trucks.
One of the men reportedly identified himself as a member of the Internal Revenue Service criminal division.
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A spokesperson for the FBI said the agents (pictured) were at Sandoval’s offices for ‘authorized law enforcement activity’