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Chicago Sun-Times: One Last Splurge for Aaron Schock, Staffers

By    |   Thursday, 02 Apr 2015 03:51 PM

Former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's once-promising congressional career is over, now that he has resigned following months of questions about what are said to be his lavish spending ways.

Schock left office in the wake of reports that he allegedly accepted improper gifts and used campaign funds to access chartered jets for personal trips. And after a firestorm of criticism, he paid back $40,000 for the expenses related to his "Downton Abbey" office makeover.

Also, the FBI has been investigating the former congressman's spending practices.

So, what do you do when you're under this kind of scrutiny? According to some rumors, "you keep living the exact same lavish lifestyle that got you in trouble in the first place," Mediaite said Wednesday.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Schock treated his Illinois staffers to dinner in a private section of Jim's Steakhouse in Peoria Monday night.

"I'm told it was Schock's swan song — his way of thanking his employees and saying goodbye," a source told the newspaper.

The source also claimed that the former congressman "hosted his congressional staff in D.C. in a private enclave at the pricey but yummy Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab just before he left town."

Schock "was at Joe's Stone Crab and shaking a bunch of top Washington lobbyists' hands before he exited," a second source told the Sun-Times.

Normally, Mediaite opined, people may ask questions about why Schock thought this was a good idea and how he paid for the dinners.

"But at this point, we probably know the answers to most of these questions," Mediaite added.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced this week that the primary to replace Schock will take place June 8 and the general election July 24. 

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