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3/20/2014 2:27:00 PM
Democratic lawmaker resigns, cites serious health issues

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state lawmaker whose home and office were the targets of federal search warrants last week resigned Wednesday, saying he has to devote his attention to “battling serious health issues.”

Rep. Keith Farnham, a Democrat from Elgin, announced his resignation in a one-sentence letter to House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago.

Farnham, a legislator since 2009, did not mention the search warrants executed March 13 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in a prepared statement that accompanied his letter.

“I have been battling serious health issues for a number of years and the coming months will require my full attention,” Farnham said. “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.”

Farnham did not respond to a phone message left Wednesday afternoon.

Gail Montenegro, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said no arrests have been made, but would not comment further other than to reiterate that the investigation in ongoing. The agency has not disclosed the reason behind the probe that led to the searches of Farnham’s home and district office. His Springfield office was not searched, officials said.

The statement said Farnham’s resignation takes effect immediately and that he will remove his name from the November ballot. He was unopposed in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

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