Illinois Democratic State Sen. Martin Sandoval, a Trump critic who hosted a mock Trump assassination at a political fundraiser, resigned Wednesday after FBI agents raided his Chicago home earlier this year.
With a “heavy heart,” embattled Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval announced his resignation late Wednesday amid a widening federal public corruption investigation.
The Chicago Democrat had his office and home raided by federal agents in late September as part of a multi-pronged federal probe into Commonwealth Edison’s lobbying activities, and potential wrongdoing in multiple southwest suburbs within his Senate district.
Sandoval, who has not been charged, told the Illinois State Board of Elections that his resignation from Illinois’ upper legislative chamber would take effect on Jan. 1.
“Respect for my constituents and the Senate has convinced me that this action is necessary in order to proceed without distraction to the important work that needs to be accomplished for working families throughout the state of Illinois in the future,” he wrote in his resignation letter.
In August 2019, shocking photos of a mock assassination of President Trump at a fundraiser for Sandoval’s campaign were released on social media.