Arroyo resigns as Illinois House about to consider his ouster


Luis Arroyo*

Today, hours before a State of Illinois committee was to meet to consider ousting Illinois State Representative Luis Arroyo from his 3rd District seat, he resigned. 

“Representative Arroyo’s resignation shouldn’t distract from the fact that the allegations contained in this criminal complaint go beyond anything that could be considered a lapse of judgment or minor indiscretion," says Michael J. Madigan, Speaker of the House.

"These allegations are beyond extraordinary, which is why it called for the creation of the Special Investigative Committee and possible disciplinary action. 

"While every circumstance will not require this process, the egregiousness of these particular allegations and the evidence demanded that every effort be taken to restore the public’s trust. 

"Although the disciplinary process will no longer proceed, there is still a focus on strengthening our laws to prevent this unacceptable conduct. I look forward to working with the Governor and other legislative leaders to look for ways in which we can continue to improve the safeguards we have today.” 

Since the Feds charged Arroyo with one count of federal program bribery, there has been action during the veto session in Springfield to address ethics reform.



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