Soon-to-be former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) is one of many Illinois politicians to be brought down by scandal. Schock is the second member of Congress from the state to resign amid an ethics investigation during this decade, the first being now imprisoned ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. What makes Schock’s situation unique in the history of Illinois political scandals, according to Better Government Association program director Robert Reed, is the role social media played.
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“Aaron Schock may the first lawmaker driven out of office by Instagram,” Reed said. “I cannot recall any incident where social media evidence piled up the way that it did.”
No matter what final result of the investigations into Schock’s spending, Reed says this won’t help Illinois’ reputation for corruption.
“It reflects badly on the people we elect and it reflects badly on the way this state conducts itself,” Schock said.
As to what happens next, Reed says the resignation won’t do much to curtail the probe into spending within Schock’s campaign and congressional office. He does hope this prompts a closer look into how politicians use their campaign contributions.