SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois state senator under federal investigation for possible bribery and fraud involving state construction work resigned Friday from his post as head of the powerful Senate Transportation Committee, hours after the chamber released an unredacted search warrant revealing more details about an FBI raid last month.
The document shows that when authorities raided Sen. Martin Sandoval’s offices Sept. 24, they were seeking information related to a red-light camera program in the Chicago area, a video gambling company, an electric utility and a commissioner for Chicago-area Cook County.
The Senate previously released a heavily redacted version of the search warrant from the U.S. attorney’s office in Springfield showing that authorities were searching for information related to lobbyists and construction companies and employees of the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Sandoval, a Chicago Democrat who has not been charged with wrongdoing, did not return a call seeking comment on his resignation or the details revealed in the unredacted warrant.
With his resignation as chairman of the Transportation Committee, he relinquishes a $10,570 per-year stipend. He will continue to receive his $69,460 legislative salary.
As committee chairman, Sandoval was a key player last spring in legislative approval of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s $45 billion state infrastructure plan.
Companies named in the unredacted warrant include SafeSpeed, which provides municipalities cameras to enforce red-light compliance; gambling company Gold Rush Amusements; and ComEd and its parent company, Excelon. Agents also sought information related to Cook County Commissioner Jeffrey Tobolski and a staff member and asphalt contractor Michael Vondra.
SafeSpeed spokesman Dennis Culloton said the company conducts business “ethically and with integrity.”
“We do not condone any departure from these core values,” Culloton said. “As a company, we do not tolerate wrongdoing or public corruption and we support efforts to root it out.”
Exelon had revealed in a federal filing Thursday that it is cooperating with investigators. Messages left for Tobolski, Gold Rush owner Rick Heidner and Vondra were not immediately returned.
The revelations drew sharp criticism from Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider.
“The Illinois Democratic Party is a crime ring masquerading as a political party,” he said in a written statement.