Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock is resigning. He submitted his resignation Tuesday “with a heavy heart,” he said in a statement. He’s departing under the pressure of allegations that he was profligate with taxpayer funds, and that used taxpayer money for personal and political purposes.
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U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs) says he’s not surprised. “It was a very fast rise for Aaron Schock and an even quicker fall for him. I hate to see that happen to anybody, but it’s understandable, given what has come out over ther last month,” he said in Washington.
Specifically, the allegations against Schock include:
An extravagant redecoration of his Washington office, with the free help of an interior decorator from Jacksonville. It is impermissible under House rules to accept free services.
The sale of a house in Peoria for hundreds of thousands over market value to a campaign contributor.
The use of a taxpayer-funded flight to attend a Chicago Bears game
Claiming mileage reimbursement for miles that the car he used for official business never racked up.
The resignation takes effect March 31. The vacancy will be filled by a special election.
Schock was elected to Congress four times. It was only three years ago that Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress over using campaign funds for personal purposes.