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Illinois Lawmaker Calls It Quits One Year Early

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ORLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) –  State Rep. Kevin McCarthy says he’s resigning from the Illinois House, effective immediately.

The Tinley Park SouthtownStar reports that McCarthy announced his plan to retire in a letter issued by his office this week.

The Orland Park Democrat didn’t provide an explanation for his decision.

The 61-year-old legislator had served in the House for 15 years.

In the letter, McCarthy says his resignation is the right decision for him and his family.

McCarthy was re-elected to his eighth term in 2010.

The Democratic committeemen in McCarthy’s district plan to pick someone to serve the remainder of his term, which ends in January 2013.

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