Illinois lawmaker to quit amid claims of posting ex's photos

Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 at 1:17 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin says a GOP state lawmaker will resign amid allegations that he posted nude photos of an ex-girlfriend on social media.

Durkin issued a statement saying Rep. Nick Sauer is resigning Wednesday after a published report alleging he set up an Instagram account under the Chicago woman's name and posted explicit photos.

Politico reported that the woman filed complaints with Chicago police and the legislative inspector general against the first-term lawmaker from Lake Barrington.

The 35-year-old Sauer is a member of the House Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Task Force and is seeking re-election in November.

He did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Durkin's statement labeled the allegations "troubling" and added, "We should allow the proper authorities to conduct their investigation."

This story has been corrected to show that the ex-girlfriend lives in Chicago.

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