WBEZ | resigns http://www.wbez.org/tags/resigns Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Rep. Weiner to resign today http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-16/rep-weiner-resign-today-87937 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-16/weiner15.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) plans to resign from Congress today.</p><p>The news broke a short time ago when <em>The New York Times</em> sent out an alert that Weiner <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na" target="_blank">"has told friends that he plans to resign his seat</a>." It cited "a person told of Mr. Weiner's plans" as its source.</p><p>CNN followed with confirmation from its own sources. And The Associated Press reports it has been told by sources that "Weiner is telling associates he will resign." <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/anthony-weiner-resign-congress-amid-pressure-democrats/story?id=13855468" target="_blank">ABC News says</a> it has been told that Weiner informed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of his decision last night.</p><p>[<strong>Update at 10:50 a.m. ET:</strong> House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just told reporters gathered for her regular weekly news conference that she would not be taking any questions about Weiner. "My understanding is that later in the day he will be having a press conference," she said, "and after that I will have a statement available." <a href="http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/06/pelosi-turns-up-volume-on-weiner-to-resign.html" target="_blank">She said on Monday</a> that it was in Weiner's best interest "to leave Congress."]</p><p>[<strong>Update at 10:25 a.m. ET:</strong> NPR's David Welna reports he has confirmed that Weiner told Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) last night that he intends to resign today. An announcement is expected this afternoon in New York City, around 2 p.m. ET.]</p><p><strong>Our original post resumes:</strong></p><p>Weiner's once-bright political career imploded after a lewd "crotch shot" photo he sent to a college coed via Twitter was posted online over Memorial Day weekend. The image, a waist-high close-up of an obviously aroused man in his briefs, first appeared on the <a href="http://biggovernment.com/" target="_blank">BigGovernment.com</a> website of conservative activist Andrew Breitbart.</p><p>Weiner, 46, and married less than a year, initially claimed <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/05/31/136815457/rep-weiner-seeks-advice-about-legal-action-over-lewd-twitpic" target="_blank">that his Twitter account had been hacked</a>.</p><p>In subsequent days he insisted he had not sent the photo, but also conceded that <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/06/01/136864390/weiner-denies-sending-lewd-photo" target="_blank">he could not say with "certitude"</a> that the image was not of him.</p><p>Reporters kept digging — and during one now infamous exchange Weiner called a CNN correspondent a "jackass" for pressing him on the story.</p><p>Then more photos, of a shirtless Weiner, appeared.</p><p></p><p>On June 6, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/07/137010140/rep-weiner-admits-lying-sending-lewd-photo-inappropriate-conversations" target="_blank">he confessed</a>, saying he had lied about not sending the photo. He admitted to having "inappropriate conversations" over social media and on the phone with "six women over the last three years."</p><p>But Weiner, in his seventh term, said he would not step down from office. He had done nothing illegal and had not misused government property, the congressman claimed.</p><p>Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader in the House, called for an ethics investigation. Other members started to push Weiner to leave office. As more photos surfaced and some of the women who he had exchanges with started to talk, the pressure built. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/08/137068386/new-york-times-anthony-weiners-wife-is-pregnant" target="_blank">It was reported</a> that Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, is pregnant.</p><p>The congressman did not change his mind — but did request, and was given, a leave of absence from the House to seek treatment of some nature.</p><p>Then Monday night, President Obama was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/14/137169563/video-obama-adds-to-pressure-on-rep-weiner-to-resign" target="_blank">seen on the </a><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/14/137169563/video-obama-adds-to-pressure-on-rep-weiner-to-resign" target="_blank">NBC Nightly News</a> </em>saying that "obviously what he did was highly inappropriate. ... I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign."</p><p>Coming from the leader Weiner's party and the leader of the nation, it was a powerful message.</p><p>Wednesday, Abedin returned to Washington from an overseas trip with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (for whom the congressman's wife has worked for many years). Speculation built that with the pressure from the leaders of his party and the return of his wife, Weiner would give in and resign his seat.</p><p>Now, according to reports, the congressman has decided to do just that. </p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 09:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-16/rep-weiner-resign-today-87937 Rickey Hendon, outspoken Chicago Democrat, resigns from Illinois Senate http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-brady/rickey-hendon-outspoken-chicago-democrat-resigns-illinois-senate <p><p>An outspoken Illinois lawmaker from Chicago resigned his office Thursday. Democratic state Sen. Rickey Hendon has represented parts of the city's West Side in the legislature since 1993.<br /> <br /> &quot;I have decided to call it a day and retire from this wonderful institution,&quot; Hendon wrote in his letter of resignation. &quot;I appreciate my constituents and supporters and I pray that they will accept my decision and allow me to move on with my life.&quot;</p><p>The senator is known for his spicy sound bites - which at times have gotten him in trouble - and dramatic speeches. In a recent floor debate, he spoke about a bill abolishing the death penalty, which is an issue he has championed for years.<br /> <br /> &quot;Because when you put someone to death, it's too late!&quot; Hendon said.<br /> <br /> He also gave a speech in favor of legislation allowing for civil unions in Illinois.<br /> <br /> &quot;It's not going to destroy America, it's not going to destroy our state,&quot; Hendon said. &quot;It's just fairness, ya'll. That's all.&quot;<br /> <br /> And, in an interview with WBEZ, he spoke about Rahm Emanuel's quest to be mayor.<br /> <br /> &quot;I've heard that Rahm Emanuel curses more than Rod Blagojevich,&quot; Hendon said. &quot;So let him bring his nasty attitude right on into this race.&quot;<br /> <br /> A former alderman, Hendon himself flirted with a run for mayor last fall.</p><p>Other than to confirm his resignation, Hendon did not answer requests for comment on Thursday. But he has recently complained of high blood pressure. Governor Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, alluded to that when asked Thursday about the resignation.<br /><br />&quot;I've always liked Rickey Hendon,&quot; Quinn said. &quot;He has a big heart and a lot of energy. I know he's had a few health problems of late, and I know he's a good man.&quot;<br /><br />During Quinn's recent campaign, Hendon called the governor's opponent, Republican state Sen. Bill Brady, &quot;idiotic, racist, sexist [and] homophobic.&quot; Hendon later apologized for those remarks.<br /><br />Hendon was deeply involved in the campaign of city clerk candidate Patricia Horton, who is currently a Water Reclamation District commissioner. Horton lost by a wide margin in Tuesday's election.<br /><br />In a failed bid for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor last year, Hendon bragged of his ability to bring home state money for his district. Some of those grants have reportedly been the subject of federal subpoenas to state agencies.</p></p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-brady/rickey-hendon-outspoken-chicago-democrat-resigns-illinois-senate