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Government

Sandack Stunner: Ill. Rep. from Downers Grove resigns from Statehouse

Ill. Rep. Ron Sandack finds a quiet spot to take a phone call during his election night gathering Nov. 4, 2014, at Emmett's Ale House in Downers Grove. Sandack unexpectedly resigned his seat on July 24, 2016.
Ill. Rep. Ron Sandack finds a quiet spot to take a phone call during his election night gathering Nov. 4, 2014, at Emmett's Ale House in Downers Grove. Sandack unexpectedly resigned his seat on July 24, 2016.

DOWNERS GROVE – State Rep. Ron Sandack abruptly resigned his Statehouse seat late July 24.

According to multiple media outlets, Sandack, R-Downers Grove, cited "cybersecurity issues" as his reason for resigning.

In a statement credited to Sandack released by the House GOP to Capital Fax blog, the politician said it has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the 81st district the past four years, but explained the issues caused him to "re-evaluate my continued public service."

"I have always recognized there is no greater privilege than being a father and husband," the statement read. "My duties in Springfield has meant missing a lot of events in the lives of my children. I am no longer willing to miss important family events.

"Therefore, I decided to resign from my seat effective today. I will work with my Republican replacement to ensure that she or he is successfully elected to the seat next November."

Sandack has not yet responded to requests for comment.

A former mayor of Downers Grove, Sandack had served in the House since 2010. He was due to face-off against Democrat current Downers Grove Village Board member Greg Hosé in November to retain his seat. Known as a prolific user of social media, he appears to have deleted his Facebook page as well as a pair of Twitter accounts.

Current Mayor Martin Tully said everyone was surprised, but didn't care to speculate on Sandack's reasons.

"It's always been important to me that we have people in Springfield who have municipal experience and mayors are even better," he said. "I always knew that number one, I could count on Ron to understand where I was coming from in terms of issues important to municipalities in Springfield."

DuPage County GOP Chairman Brian Krajewski said he too was surprised at the resignation, but promised Sandack's seat and spot on the ballot would both be filled – possibly by the same person.

"Clearly, for the one going on the ballot for the November election, we will make sure we get somebody who can get a campaign up and running," he said. "There are plenty of qualified, strong people who do not have the ability to get into a full-blown campaign in such a short period of time."

Krajewski said he and Will County GOP Chairman Kathy Havel have put out an official notice of meeting to fill the vacancies, and hope to have a potential nominee by Aug. 1.

Candidates considered thus far include David Olsen, a Downers Grove council member and temporary College of DuPage board member; Ryan Gleason, a local campaign worker currently working in Washington D.C. as a lobbyist for Gov. Bruce Rauner; and Tully.

County Auditor Bob Grogan was also approached, Krajewski said, but was uninterested.

The DuPage County Election Commission has confirmed the eventual nominee will still need to seek the same signatures required of others being added to the ballot post-primary election.

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