U.S. Representative Aaron Schock announces resignation

ILLINOIS - U.S. Representative Aaron Schock has announced his resignation from the United States House of Representatives effective March 31.

Schock has faced increased scrutiny in recent weeks over his spending of campaign funds and taxpayers' money.  In a statement, Schock thanked the people of Illinois' 18th District for the opportunity to serve them.

However, Schock also says the constant questions he has been asked about his spending of campaign and taxpayer money has made it "too difficult" to serve the 18th District effectively.

Illinois' 18th District covers portions of western and central Illinois, and includes cities such as Springfield, Quincy, Jacksonville, and Peoria.  With Schock's resignation, a special election will be held to determine his successor.  Among those considering running for the position include State Senators Darin LaHood, Jason Barickman, and Bill Brady.

We will provide more details on this story as they become available.

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