Illinois senator quits committee post amid probe

Courtesy: Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois state senator has resigned his post as head of the chamber’s Transportation Committee amid a federal investigation into alleged bribery, theft of federal funds and fraud.

Sen. Martin Sandoval submitted a letter to the Senate Friday saying he is stepping down as chairman of that committee.

Sandoval has been under pressure to quit the committee since a Sept. 24 FBI raid on his offices.

A search warrant shows that federal authorities who raided offices belonging to state Sen. Martin Sandoval last month were seeking information on ComEd and its parent company Exelon, a Cook County commissioner, a red-light enforcement company and more.

An unredacted search warrant released Friday by the Senate indicates the U.S. attorney in Springfield sought items related to several politicians, gambling and construction companies, and any “official action taken in exchange for a benefit.”

FBI and other agents raided Sandoval’s offices Sept. 24.

The Chicago Democrat will relinquish a $10,570 stipend he received as a committee chairman. He’ll continue to receive his $69,460 legislative salary.

The resignation letter did not give a reason for his decision.