Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel responds to a question during a campaign stop with leaders of the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) By Charles Rex Arbogast
CHICAGO (AP) -- A member of Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's transition team has resigned over an ethics violation at a previous job.
Emanuel spokesman Ben LaBolt confirmed Saturday that Judy Erwin has stepped down.
Erwin told the Chicago Tribune Friday that she planned to resign to avoid any "distractions" for Emanuel.
Erwin was executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. She's admitted using her office phone and e-mail while working for President Barack Obama's campaign in 2008.
The state's Executive Ethics Commission says in a report filed Feb. 16 that Erwin cooperated with investigators, paid a $4,000 fine and promised never to work for the state again. She resigned in August.
Erwin says she never told Emanuel about the violation.
LaBolt says the campaign didn't know about the ethics report.
Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com
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