Illinois Democrat's Home Raided In Child Pornography Investigation

When Illinois Democrat Keith Farnham resigned from the State Legislature last Wednesday citing “health reasons” no one suspected his “health” problem was kiddie porn.


At this writing, Farnham has not been charged with kiddie porn possession or arrested for having child pornography. The only indication of his guilt is that the FBI raided the house of a member of the state legislature looking for evidence of child pornography based on sufficient probable cause to merit a search warrant.

There is some delicious irony here, too. If the accusations of possession of child pornography are proven, Farnham masqueraded as a tireless advocate for children:

Farnham, who took office in 2009, is listed as the co-sponsor on two state bills that sought to increase the penalties on individuals who possess child pornography in certain circumstances.

One bill states that child pornography or aggravated child pornography that does not involve mere possession shall be deemed crimes of violence. The other increases the penalties for individuals that film child porn.

One of Farnham’s major donors was the group “Stand For Children” (though Farnham’s current difficulties have lent a more sinister meaning to the group’s name), a group that receives substantial funding from the left wing Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They gave him $50,000 to push whatever idiocy the Gates’s are advocating today.

One of our favorite games here at RedState is playing “Name That Party.” In the spirit of that game I’m providing an extended quote from the Chicago Tribune so you can see how long they waited to mention which party Farnham belongs to:


SPRINGFIELD—Federal agents sought evidence of child pornography last week when they seized computers from the Elgin district office of former state Rep. Keith Farnham, who resigned Wednesday, according to a search warrant released Friday.

In addition, a federal agent on Thursday took a laptop computer that Farnham used in the Illinois House chamber, and last week agents removed a computer from a legislative office building next to the Capitol, according to the documents and an interview with a state technology official.

Asked about the child pornography matter, Farnham, 66, said Friday in a phone interview: “I can’t comment about any of it.”

Farnham has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, said no charges have been filed and refused further comment.

Farnham handed in his resignation on Wednesday, saying he was “battling serious health issues for a number of years.” He had won the Democratic primary on Tuesday, running unopposed.


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