* The Secretary of State’s office just notified me that Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin) has resigned his House seat. I’ll post the letter when I get it, but there isn’t much there.
As you already know, federal ICE agents served search warrants on Farnham’s home and district office last week.
…Adding… The resignation letter is here.
* The Daily Herald ran this earlier today when Farnham didn’t show up for session…
Illinois House lawmakers milled around the chamber Wednesday, the day after a busy primary election, but when attendance was taken, Farnham didn’t answer the roll.
A photo of him that once hung outside his office in the Illinois Capitol Complex has been taken down, but his nameplate remains.
Farnham’s Elgin office was dark Tuesday, and a woman answering an intercom at his home apartment said he was unavailable.
Many messages left for him have gone unreturned.
*** UPDATE *** The press release provides zero details…
State Rep. Keith Farnham: Resigning from Office
ELGIN, Ill. – The following is a statement from state Rep. Keith Farnham of Elgin.
“It is with great regret today that I announce my resignation from the office of state representative, effective immediately.
“I have been battling serious health issues for a number of years and the coming months will require my full attention. The right thing to do for the people of the 43rd District is to make sure they have a dedicated, qualified and full-time advocate in our communities and in the State Capitol to represent their needs and concerns every day without distraction or interruption. They deserve nothing less.”
Farnham’s resignation from the office of state representative will take effect immediately. He will withdraw as a nominee for state representative in the November election as soon as is legally allowed.