An Elgin city councilwoman is the Democratic choice to replace an Illinois State Representative who resigned earlier this month for health reasons after computers were seized from his office in a search for child pornography.
Anna Moeller, 42, will be sworn in Sunday as the 43rd district representative, said Illinois House Democratic Party spokesman Marty McCormack.
Moeller said she will step down from the city council post she has held since 2011. She said she was notified Saturday afternoon of the decision of her appointment, which was made my local party officials.
Farnham, 66, quit after federal agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized computers from Elgin and Springfield offices in a search for child pornography, according to federal records obtained by the Tribune using the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Asked about the child pornography matter, Farnham, 66, said in a phone interview: "I can't comment about any of it."
Farnham, who took office in 2009, 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.
Reached by phone Saturday, Moeller, the director of the McHenry County Council of Governments, said she looks forward to "working very hard."
"I'm honored and humbled by being selected," she said.
Moeller's resume includes serving as a legislative aide for former state Rep. Andrea Moore. She has also served on the Elgin Planning and Development Commission. She has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in public administration, she says on her Facebook page.
Moeller will be sworn into office at 2 p.m. Sunday at Danny's Pizzeria in Elgin, McCormack said.
The 43rd House District includes Elgin as well as portions of Barrington Hills, Carpentersville, East Dundee and South Elgin.