Chicago Democrat State Senator Martin A. Sandoval has announced that he will resign on January 1 in the face of a fraud investigation that involves possible bribery and theft charges.
FBI agents raided the senator’s Springfield and Chicago offices and home Sept. 24 to investigate his concrete and construction businesses. Sandoval has not commented on the raids or the investigation since they occurred.
Sandoval runs the $41.5 billion state construction program, and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker was worried about the integrity of the program in light of the accusations. He had already stepped down from heading the transportation committee before resigning.
Sandoval has been in office since 2003. He sent a letter to the secretary of the state senate Wednesday to announce his resignation.
The reason Sandoval gave for the resignation is the respect he has for the Senate and his constituents.
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