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Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham, a Democrat who represented District 43 in Elgin, has resigned.

DOWNLOAD: Keith Farnham Resignation Letter

Farnham issued the following statement: “It is with great regret today that I announce my resignation from the office of state representative, effective immediately.

“I have been battling serious health issues for a number of years and the coming months will require my full attention. The right thing to do for the people of the 43rd District is to make sure they have a dedicated, qualified and full-time advocate in our communities and in the State Capitol to represent their needs and concerns every day without distraction or interruption. They deserve nothing less.”

Just last week, federal agents executed search warrants Thursday at state Farnham’s home and district office in Elgin.

Farnham’s resignation will take effect immediately.

He will withdraw as a nominee for state representative in the November election as soon as is legally allowed.