SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 - Press release claims “serious health issues” *** Rep. Keith Farnham resigns

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014

* 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.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


33 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:15 pm:

    ICE covers a lot of ground.


  2. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:19 pm:

    Searches by federal agents tend to make one sick.


  3. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:20 pm:

    We’ll learn what this is all about soon enough. In the meantime, I’m glad he decided to step down. It’s the right thing to do.


  4. - Anon - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:21 pm:

    Serious health issues. Mental health issues.


  5. - Raising Kane - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:22 pm:

    allergic reaction to handcuffs?


  6. - DuPage - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:32 pm:

    He must be thinking the feds have a strong case against him.(Whatever it is) Sometimes they reduce charges if they step down and do a plea deal.


  7. - Soccermom - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:41 pm:

    Some news stories have said the investigators were from ICE’s Homeland Security division. Does that seem right?


  8. - Last Bull Moose - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:44 pm:

    Only in Illinois can an unopposed state representative announce his resignation on Primary election day, four days after Feds search his house.
    Expect Rauner to use this to attack a culture of corruption. Question is whether he waits for details to be made public.


  9. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:45 pm:

    LBM, primary day was yesterday.


  10. - Abe the Babe - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:50 pm:

    I think now we know who stole the lost Malaysian plane.

    #case closed.


  11. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:51 pm:

    Mom,

    ICE is part of Homeland Security. It used to be under the Dept. of Justice, but since we can’t have any justice in our immigration policies, they consolidated it in Homeland Security.


  12. - Soccermom - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:53 pm:

    Thanks, 47th. I was deeply confused. I should have asked the google instead of relying on overworked reporters. (I try to be kind…)


  13. - Precinct Captain - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:54 pm:

    If you do a little research into what ICE does, it is easy to guess what this is about: child pornography.


  14. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 4:59 pm:

    You’re joking, right Precinct Captain? How can you possibly jump to that conclusion given what the US Attorney has said publicly about this case?


  15. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 5:09 pm:

    Precinct captain is probably correct. The ice press release is the same language they routinely use in cp cases. It’ can be several week for forensics to return. If there is prohibited imagery found, watch for a follow up warrant at his Capitol office. Arrests only follow after forensic confirmation.


  16. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 5:17 pm:

    –If you do a little research into what ICE does, it is easy to guess what this is about:–

    On the ICE site, I count more than a dozen areas of investigation.


  17. - Wensicia - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 5:31 pm:

    I hope this is not another case of bipolar disorder.


  18. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 5:32 pm:

    I guess I would be more inclined to find out if ICE and Farnam’s Attorney are “talking”…

    I hate to speculate what these investigations are, where they are going, and what is already known.

    The lawyer/investigators confirmation would be something of interest, however.


  19. - Walker - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 5:39 pm:

    Resignation the right thing to do regardless of what they’re looking at.


  20. - Downstater - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 5:46 pm:

    If Illinois adopted a State song, it have to be Queen’s “Another one bites the dust”.


  21. - Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 5:53 pm:

    As Kass would say Fedsheimer’s can be debilitating.


  22. - Soccermom - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 6:22 pm:

    From the website:
    The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.

    HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. ICE special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation


  23. - DuPage Dave - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 6:50 pm:

    There’s a bit too much enjoyment of this guy’s downfall today. If he’s charged with a crime, we will find out soon enough. If he’s legitimately ill, let’s hope he recovers. I can’t figure out why people think this is so much fun.


  24. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 7:09 pm:

    D.Dave…..agree, but the disgust citizens have for the politicians that act contemptuously of them are not wont to be generous or forbearing….


  25. - ChiefM - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 8:43 pm:

    I know nothing of the investigation but I recently learned of his illness, which is serious.


  26. - South of the Loop - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 9:05 pm:

    I guess leaving to spend more time with family has is out of fashion.


  27. - Etown - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 9:36 pm:

    The guy clearly is sick if Child Porn is involved


  28. - Union Free America - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 9:41 pm:

    Typical Illinois political carreer. Serve (yourself or union chronies) then go to Jail. Aint life grand? If it is CP that would be a disgrace as he covwrote a HB against CP. Epitome of hypocrysy


  29. - Winter - Wednesday, Mar 19, 14 @ 9:45 pm:

    He gave the people of his district the closing chapter of his life. He isin the late winter of life.


  30. - Illinois Republic - Thursday, Mar 20, 14 @ 6:44 am:

    Yeah !! The GOP just took back another seat in November 14. fact is Farnham Would still be in office if there was no investigation!! I would not call it” stepping down” more like forced resignation, Never seen such a rapid “cry Uncle”


  31. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 20, 14 @ 7:52 am:

    47th ward-
    The rep wasn’t part of a recent us attorney sting. That comment from the USA does not preclude a CP investigation from a different entity.


  32. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Mar 20, 14 @ 8:19 am:

    Thanks Inspector Anonymous. Obviously you and the other true detectives here know the real scoop.


  33. - Last Bull Moose - Thursday, Mar 20, 14 @ 8:43 am:

    Rich,
    News came out on Primary Day.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Body cams on table and Zalewski has new crime package
* Sales tax coffers could get boost with new law
* A crack in the honeymoon
* Question of the day
* Ernie Banks and politics
* A day in the life
* Today's overreaction
* New documents show med-mar scoring was completed ahead of schedule
* Fracking stalls while coal companies hope for rebound
* Rauner readies the axe
* Good morning!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Favado’s New App Helps You Find The Best Grocery Deals
        * Spoolee keeps your ear buds from being a tangled mess
        * Former Motorola CEO blames Apple for a missing Nexus 6 feature
        * Notifyier lets you listen to notifications instead
        * Why Apple should go into the mobile network business
        * Smart Unlock skips lock security in safe and trusted areas
        * Sony Xperia Z4 could skip MWC 2015

        * Cablevision’s Wi-Fi Mobile Phone Service Is Not for Everyone
        * Touch Based Office Apps Demonstrated On Video
        * AT&T to Buy Nextel Mexico for $1.88 Billion
        * Galaxy S Edge May Be Samsung’s Curved Display Flagship
        * This Chart Tells You What Time to Leave for for Most US Airports 
        * New Battlefield Hardline Beta Release Date Leaked
        * Got a low-cost laptop? Windows 10 upgrade may take some effort

        * Gillaspie open to whatever role team needs
        * Podcast: MLB pace of play problem
        * 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 second basemen
        * Following up: Inside Toronto's failed pursuit of Kenny Williams
        * Trimmer Garcia ready to take off in 2015
        * SoxFest concludes with high hopes for 2015
        * Williams, White Sox look back on championship run

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * U of I chancellor: No staff cuts despite less s.....
        * Documents: Top-scoring marijuana cultivation ap.....
        * Rauner readies the axe..
        * Emanuel and Rauner stress inclusiveness: Visit .....
        * Documents: Quinn got recommendations on pot lic.....
        * Miller: Gov. Bruce Rauner has not shut the door.....
        * SALMAGUNDI: Will bill ever see light of day? Do.....
        * Rauner Making Himself At Home In Springfield..
        * Not everyone clear about Rauner's agenda..
        * Documents: Quinn had marijuana recommendations,.....


        * Frerichs announces firm will review Treasurer's office
        * Documents: Top-scoring marijuana cultivation applicants
        * Documents: Top-scoring marijuana cultivation applicants
        * Documents: Quinn had marijuana recommendations, didn't act
        * About 175 flights canceled at Chicago airports
        * Illinois State student critically injured in hit-and-run
        * U of Illinois chancellor says budget is top priority in 2015
        * Illinois State student killed in hit-and-run accident
        * Documents: Illinois marijuana licenses decided, put on hold
        * Documents: Quinn had marijuana recommendations, didn't act

        * Illinois pays millions to keep inmates who can't find homes
        * State lawmakers consider police reform key issue for General Assembly
        * Statehouse Insider: Gov. Rauner sounding a lot like primary candidate Rauner
        * Veterans voice opinions about future of Oak Ridge war memorial site
        * 85,000 temporary driver's licenses issued to immigrants
        * Proposed Illinois legislation would ban powdered alcohol
        * Quinn leaves office without writing final statement
        * AG Madigan blocks Lottery termination agreement
        * Number of Illinois households on food stamps still rising
        * Numbers of Illinois households on food stamps still rising

        * About 175 flights canceled at Chicago airports
        * Buyer acquires second suburban golf club this month
        * Hospitals full of empty beds
        * Musk's SpaceX settles with Air Force over Boeing deal beef
        * Obama endorses Emanuel in radio ad


          * Documents: Quinn got recommendations on pot licenses but didn't act
          * Pediatricians group cautions about medical pot for sick kids
          * Punk band tells Gov. Walker: 'We literally hate you'
          * CSO goes back to the future for 2015-16
          * Delays mostly cleared up on Loop trains
          * Obama endorses Emanuel in radio ad
          * Man shot in Irving Park neighborhood robbery
          * Woman found in burning Southwest Side garage identified
          * Boy, 14, shot to death in south suburban Riverdale
          * 3 dead, 23 wounded in weekend city shootings


          * How food gets the 'Non-GMO' label
          * Quinn had marijuana recommendations, didn't act
          * Proposal Would Ban Conversion Therapy For Minors
          * Lock of Lincoln's Hair Sold For More than $800K
          * Study projects Illinois deficit growing to $14 billion by 2026
          * Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, 1st black player in team history, dies
          * M.E.R.C.Y. Celebrates 15 Years Amid Financial Challenge
          * Springfield Airport Will Make Another Attempt To Add Gambling
          * Potential Pension Case Holdup
          * Listen to State Week - January 23, 2015


          * Illinois pays millions to keep inmates who can't find homes
          * U.S. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock: Online sales tax loophole hurting local businesses
          * Quote of the Day: Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
          * State lawmakers consider police reform key issue for General Assembly
          * Our Opinion: Vision should be a key theme in Springfield mayor's race
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Campaign contribution gets them talking in Ward 7
          * Angie Muhs: SJ-R, WMAY want to involve readers in Springfield primary
          * Andy Shaw: Settle in for a dramatic first act at the Illinois Capitol
          * Quote of the Day: Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
          * Statehouse Insider: Gov. Rauner sounding a lot like primary candidate Rauner


          * Illinois still searching for assistants
          * Marissa police searching for arsonist
          * Teen faces charges in Granite City fatal hit-and-run
          * Jerry Linville
          * MDs: Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs
          * Illinois pays millions to keep inmates who can't find homes
          * Jackson County Court Report
          * Monday January 26 government meetings
          * About 175 flights canceled at Chicago airports
          * Snow tapers off this afternoon


          * NDSU head football coach signs 2-year contract extension
          * Southeastern Michigan man killed in snowmobile crash in UP
          * Sex-abuse civil trial to unveil Boy Scout 'perversion' files
          * Crystal Lake student killed in downstate hit-and-run accident
          * Sailing to Alaska to relax, but learning a little on the way

          * US Dick Durbin and US Rep. Aaron Schock: O...
          * Representative Aaron Schock Tilts with the...
          * On Minimum Wage, GOP Offers Only Toxic (Aa...
          * Schock weighs-in on Pres. Obama's call for...
          * Congressional perks aren't what they once ...
          * Our Opinion: Schock's blame-Obama script g...
          * House immigration rollback bill going nowh...
          * Immigration bill passes with Rep. Schock a...
          * Rep. Aaron Schock's amendment seeks priori...
          * Proposed Amendments to the 2015 Homeland S...

          * U.S. senators set resolution opposing new ......
          * US senators set resolution opposing new Ir......
          * Behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Treasury ta......
          * Obama Endorses Emanuel in Forthcoming Radi......
          * Votes last week in the US House, Senate...

          * Sens. Rand Paul, Barbara Boxer Working on ......
          * Why on earth would Senate Republicans want......
          * Rand Paul’s big foreign policy test: Can h......
          * Why the Iran sanctions fight is a big deal...
          * Netanyahu’s White House-defying speech cou......

          * Illinois video gamblers lose nearly $660,000,000 in 2014
          * Where's Weyermuller? At SOTU Watch Party
          * State Rep. says College of DuPage trustee should be rewarded for political courage
          * Environmentalist group takes credit for Rauner's halt of Illiana Expressway
          * The [Thursday] Papers
          * Ex-Gov. Quinn leaves office without filing constitutionally required statement
          * State Rep. Batinick to return 11% of district office budget to state
          * Obama Touts Emanuel For Longer School Day, Minimum Wage In Radio Ad
          * Public Interest Group Announces 2015 Chicago Election Endorsements
          * Chicago's 46th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Discuss Campaign Priorities (VIDEO)


          * Rauner announces “Turnaround Team” - Stellar team to help turn Illinois around
          * Commerce Department to Review Proposals for Enterprise Zones - Program Promotes Job Growth in Communities Across the State
          * Governor Rauner signs Executive Order for Minority and Veteran Empowerment
          * Governor Rauner Announces Second Round of Appointments
          * Representative Duckworth, US Army Iraq Veteran Honored With The Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller