Dem. lawmaker, co-sponsor of child porn laws, resigns; state office, home raided for child porn

The day after a Democrat Illinois lawmaker cruised to victory in his party’s primary Tuesday, he gave up his seat in the wake of a child pornography raid.

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Photo: ABC

State Rep. Keith Farnham stepped down from representing Elgin, a city about 35 miles northwest of Chicago, days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided his home and his state office in Springfield.

Items that were seized included the laptop computer Farnham used on the House floor,  The Associated Press reported.

The search warrant sought material that “in any format and medium concerning minors visually depicted while engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” AP reported.

No charges have been filed.

Farnham, 66, has been in office since 2009. In those five years, he has co-sponsored two laws cracking down child pornography: one targeting producers of child porn; the other stiffening penalties for its possession.

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In a statement, Farnham attributed his resignation to health problems, though Illinois media reported that, in addition to winning the party’s primary, Farnham’s attendance at legislative meetings so far this session has been perfect.

“I have been battling serious health issues for a number of years and the coming months will require my full attention,” Farnham wrote, according to the Daily Herald, which covers the Elgin area.

No doubt they will. And possibly the coming years as well.

But two things are certain:

Since this is Illinois, the seat is going to remain firmly in Democrat hands. (Local Dem heavyweights are already selecting Farnham’s replacement; he’s not running in the general.)

And since Farnham’s a Democrat, the mainstream media outside Illinois is going to pretend this never happened.

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About Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • Harry Wookiee

    Awww, it’s not his fault.
    He was doing research.
    He became addicted.
    It’s a vast right-wing conspiracy.
    It was planted.
    It’s not his fault.

    • Abagail Spencer

      You forgot that the koch brothers paid for it and it’s all bush’s fault!!

      • Boots

        Notify the IRS… anyone belonging to the Tea Party needs to be audited since they set Farnham up.

      • George A

        w
        What she said.

      • curmudgeon

        Funny, but don’t give the retards any ideas.

    • Steve Harmon

      Oh, come on, cut him some slack. We all know it was “Bush’s fault”, ha ha ha.

    • turfbarn80

      Your forgot to mention he was potty trained too soon and he has low self esteem.

  • Roger Baack

    Suprise, another dumbocrat broke the, no jail time and slap on the wrist, case closed.

    • Jerry

      I didn’t see it on the MSM either.

      • psychosally

        unfortunately you wont,lol

      • mac12sam12

        He would need an R after his name.

  • Liberty Lover

    Disgusting, deplorable, despicable, degenerate. That’s really what the D after their names stands for.

  • gksnana

    I keep telling people that the anti moral democrats that keep trying to pass anti moral laws or excuse anti moral behavior (like the judges) are only trying to justify there own behavior.

    • Morris65

      Has Al Dullton & co. held a celebration to honor him with the Barney Frank award?

  • rhodes autry

    so what is wrong with Illinois that they gotta vote Dem?

    • Bill

      In one word, Unions.

    • http://google.com/ obadiahlynch

      Self interest. It’s not ‘wrong’, it just is.

    • cumiadom

      Unions (with included corruption) and retards (with the included voter fraud)

  • nanap

    Won’t it be ironic, if convicted of the crime, his own legislation will determine his sentence. On second thought, maybe he lightened the sentence for a crime which he knew he might get caught.

    • babbott

      Hey, the article says “no charges have been filed”. Since everyone caught with kiddie porn is severely punished, let’s see how many people get paid off to look the other way. The entire (D) party will come out in support of him.

      • LittleRoot_48

        He did NOT resign for health reasons. If he was seriously ill enough to resign now, he shouldn’t have run for re-election.

    • Chad3434

      We must remember that all law makers are exempt from the laws they pass. The laws they pass are only meant for usings.

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  • Spryte

    There are plenty more Democrat sexual deviants and predators ready to fill his vacated seat.

    • LittleRoot_48

      Is Bill Clinton looking for a gig?

  • Barry

    stick with another Dem…no problem finding other closet perverts there

  • Anthony

    Come on EliseR, where’s your stupid comments defending this guy?? Tell us all how we’re being bullies or how it’s all fake.

    • psychosally

      she is amazingly quiet,roflmao

    • buck

      Her handlers haven’t told her what to say today…

      • curmudgeon

        You probably nailed it. They aren’t terribly intelligent nor able to form independent thoughts.