State Road Board Member Quits After Flap Over FundraiserSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A member of a board that helps choose engineers to design Illinois roads has resigned after he co-hosted a political fundraiser for the chairman of the state Senate's Transportation Committee.
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting Monday that Amir Al-Khafaji resigned Aug. 7 because of his involvement with the $1,000-a-ticket event for Cicero Democratic Sen. Martin Sandoval. Al-Khafaji is a Bradley University engineering professor and member of an Illinois Department of Transportation committee that meets to choose the best engineers for roads and bridges.
The Sun-Times says IDOT investigated after emails showed unnamed engineering firms complained about perceived political pressure. Al-Khafaji says there are no rules against political involvement and he did nothing wrong. Sandoval says he didn't know Al-Khafaji was on the road board.
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