Corrupt Chicago Pol Endorses Obama, Resigns


State Rep. Connie Howard, a Chicago Democrat who endorsed Barack Obama in February, resigned early this month as prosecutors investigate alleged corruption in the AIDS awareness group Howard cofounded.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Democratic Rep. Connie Howard stepped down from the Illinois House effective July 9. She cited “personal reasons” in a July 6 letter she sent to House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago. …

The resignation came less than two weeks before authorities arrested seven people after an FBI sting in which they paid kickbacks in the hope of securing thousands of dollars in federal grants, according to federal charges. Howard could not be reached for comment Monday or Tuesday. …

Two subpoenas issued in 2009 requested documents from the state relating to grants received by the Let’s Talk, Let’s Test Foundation, a now-defunct AIDS awareness group co-founded by Howard, who also served as the organization’s board chairwoman.