Former Rep. Aaron Schock said in March he would amend his campaign finance reports to reflect a number of errors. He has not done so. The Illinois Republican said he would repay the government for tens of thousands of dollars of questionable mileage reimbursements he had received. But representatives for Schock refused to say whether he has, and House records that would detail any repayment won’t be available for weeks.
Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, the 33-year-old Republican once viewed as a rising star in the party, announced on Tuesday he plans to resign from Congress at the end of the month amid a cloud of ethics questions. Schock has been bombarded in recent weeks with a torrent of bad publicity, which began last month after the Washington Post revealed he had spent thousands of taxpayer dollars to redecorate his office in the style of the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey.” But the trouble did not end there for Schock. Recent reports have called into question his use of campaign funds to invest in real estate and to pay for a podium that was a replica of President Obama’s.
Embattled Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock has announced today that he is resigning, ending a tumultuous period where the four-term lawmaker has faced incredible scrutiny over his congressional office and campaign expenditures, ABC News has confirmed. "Today, I am announcing my resignation as a Member of the United States House of Representatives effective March 31," Schock, 33, wrote in a statement. Schock wrote that “constant questions” over the past six weeks “have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself.” “I have always sought to do what's best for my constituents and I thank them for the opportunity to serve," he added.
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) will resign from Congress at the end of March, Politico's Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer, and John Bresnahan reported Tuesday. Schock had been embroiled in a sprawling set of scandals over his own finances and his use of taxpayer dollars. These scandals involved the financing of his House office renovations, private flights he took on donors' planes, and his sale of an Illinois home to a campaign donor for a curiously high price. But the final straw was a Politico inquiry into Schock charging the federal government for "tens of thousands of dollars in questionable mileage reimbursements." Schock had charged taxpayers and his campaign for about 170,000 miles driven on his car, but when he sold it, the odometer showed it had only been driven 80,000 miles.
Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday, less than 12 hours after POLITICO raised questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle. Schock billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car between January 2010 and July 2014. But when he sold that Chevrolet Tahoe in July 2014, it had only roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer, according to public records obtained by POLITICO under Illinois open records laws. The documents, in other words, indicate he was reimbursed for 90,000 miles more than his car was ever driven. The discrepancy added to a growing wave of ethical and legal problems the 33-year-old politician faces.
Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes that swept through the Midwest Sunday caused significant damage in parts of central Illinois, killing at least five people and leveling neighborhoods, leaving authorities picking through rubble in searches for those who may be trapped.
They say never say never in politics. Well I'm saying never. Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) will never be Governor of Illinois.