Top-ranking GOP Illinois state lawmaker Ron Sandack resigns

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Top-ranking Republican state Rep. Ron Sandack says he's resigning from the Illinois House, citing "cyber security issues."

Sandack has used Facebook and Twitter accounts, but both appeared to have been taken down Monday morning.

"It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the people of the 81st District for the past four years in Springfield. But after some cyber security issues arose, I began to re-evaluate my continued public service," the House Republican floor leader from Downers Grove said in the statement released late Sunday through a House GOP spokeswoman.

Sandack could not immediately be reached by The Associated Press for further comment.

The statement says Sandack's resignation is effective Sunday. He had been up for re-election against Democratic attorney Greg Hose. Sandack said he would work with his replacement to ensure he or she is elected in November.

Sandack also said he wants to spend more time with family.

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

Sandack is a partner in a Chicago law firm. He was appointed to the state Legislature in 2010.

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