CHICAGO — A top member of mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's transition team has abruptly resigned after the Chicago Tribune inquired about her recent state ethics violations.
According to a newly filed ethics report, former state lawmaker Judy Erwin resigned her high-level state job last summer and paid a fine for conducting political business on state time.
Erwin said late Friday night that she would resign her new position on Emanuel's transition team and that she had not informed Emanuel of the ethics violation.
Erwin, the former executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, admitted using her office e-mail and phone while working on a campaign committee for presidential candidate Barack Obama, using staff resources to plan her trip to the 2008 Democratic National Convention and engaging in campaign fundraising activity while on the job, the state's Executive Ethics Commission ruled in a decision filed Feb. 16.
The ethics commission said she cooperated with the investigation by the executive inspector general, reimbursed the state, agreed to pay a $4,000 fine, promised to never work for the state again and resigned Aug. 15.