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Ford Asks Colleagues to Reserve Judgment on his Legal Woes

Resolution to allow him to continue to serve the 8th District to be filed in Springfield.

A resolution will be filed in Springfield asking Illinois House members to allow Lashawn K. Ford to continue serving the 8th District.

In a press release issued Friday, Ford also will ask his colleagues to remain neutral regarding _the 17-count federal indictment filed against him Thursday_ on bank fraud and related charges.

As of Friday morning, the resolution has not been filed. A staff secretary with the House of Representatives, who would not identify herself, said that the staff of the Legislative Reference Bureau is working on it, and it will be filed as soon as it is ready.

The legislative reference bureau is an independent group that drafts all bills and resolutions for the General Assembly.

Once the resolution is ready, either Ford or a staff member can file it in the House Journal Room. It will be available to the public, said Sally Smith, a member of the Speaker of the House's legal staff.

In a statement issued Friday morning, the Chicago Democrat asked the House members to allow him to continue to serve because_ the charges brought against him are strictly of a personal nature_ and have nothing to do with his work as a state legislator.

"They do not involve an abuse of his role as state Representative and do not involve a violation of his oath as a member of the House of Representatives," Ford said in the news release.

Ford acknowledged that he understands that it may be difficult for some constituents and some members of the House to accept him after being indicted, but he believes he is innocent of the charges and that his whole record of service should be considered.

_The indictment alleges Ford made false statements to a bank_ to obtain a $500,000 increase and a two-year extension on a line of credit from the failed ShoreBank. The funds were to be used to rehab investment properties owned by his company, Ford Desired Real Estate, Inc., but were instead used to pay back casino payments, credit cards and for funds in his 2006 campaign for Illinois representative.

He issued a statement after a grand jury handed down the indictment yesterday and then met with constituents Thursday night and Friday morning. The press was not allowed to sit in on those meetings.

Ford said that he prefers no more questions from the media regarding the indictment, but instead will answer questions only on business related to the 8th Representative District.

"I look forward to working with the media to shed light on the needs, challenges and opportunities to improve the lives of people of the Eighth District and the state of Illinois,” he said.

The 40-year-old Ford ran unopposed in his race to serve another term in Springfield. Ford represents nine precincts in Oak Park, as well as Chicago's west side, La Grange and a number of other suburban communities.

A resolution will be filed in Springfield asking Illinois House members to allow Lashawn K. Ford to continue serving the 8th District.

In a press release issued Friday, Ford also will ask his colleagues to remain neutral regarding the 17-count federal indictment filed against him Thursday on bank fraud and related charges.

As of Friday morning, the resolution has not been filed. A staff secretary with the House of Representatives, who would not identify herself, said that the staff of the Legislative Reference Bureau is working on it, and it will be filed as soon as it is ready.

The legislative reference bureau is an independent group that drafts all bills and resolutions for the General Assembly.

Once the resolution is ready, either Ford or a staff member can file it in the House Journal Room. It will be available to the public, said Sally Smith, a member of the Speaker of the House's legal staff.

In a statement issued Friday morning, the Chicago Democrat asked the House members to allow him to continue to serve because the charges brought against him are strictly of a personal nature and have nothing to do with his work as a state legislator.

"They do not involve an abuse of his role as state Representative and do not involve a violation of his oath as a member of the House of Representatives," Ford said in the news release.

Ford acknowledged that he understands that it may be difficult for some constituents and some members of the House to accept him after being indicted, but he believes he is innocent of the charges and that his whole record of service should be considered.

The indictment alleges Ford made false statements to a bank to obtain a $500,000 increase and a two-year extension on a line of credit from the failed ShoreBank. The funds were to be used to rehab investment properties owned by his company, Ford Desired Real Estate, Inc., but were instead used to pay back casino payments, credit cards and for funds in his 2006 campaign for Illinois representative.

He issued a statement after a grand jury handed down the indictment yesterday and then met with constituents Thursday night and Friday morning. The press was not allowed to sit in on those meetings.

Ford said that he prefers no more questions from the media regarding the indictment, but instead will answer questions only on business related to the 8th Representative District.

"I look forward to working with the media to shed light on the needs, challenges and opportunities to improve the lives of people of the Eighth District and the state of Illinois,” he said.

The 40-year-old Ford ran unopposed in his race to serve another term in Springfield. Ford represents nine precincts in Oak Park, as well as Chicago's west side, La Grange and a number of other suburban communities.

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