State panel strips ex-state Rep. Keith Farnham’s pension

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Former state representative, Keith Farnham arrives at the 2nd District Appellate Courthouse in Elgin on March 19, 2015. | Brian O’Mahoney/For the Chicago Sun-Times

A state panel has stripped former Illinois state Rep. Keith Farnham’s pension after he was convicted of federal child pornography charges.

The Daily Herald reportsthat the panel that oversees lawmakers’ pension plans made the decision on Wednesday regarding Farnham’s more than $1,200 monthly benefit. The 67-year-old Elgin Democrat was sentenced last month to eight years in prison. Farnham didn’t contest the panel’s decision in advance.

Farnham resigned last year after federal agents raided his home and office. Prosecutors said Farnham used multiple computers to view thousands of illegal images, including his official Illinois House computer.

Farnham apologized to the victims before he was sentenced. His attorney has said Farnham suffers from lung disease and will die within months.

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