Federal agents descended Tuesday on the home and offices of state Sen. Martin Sandoval as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, adding him to the growing list of city and state politicians facing serious scrutiny.
Feds in suits could be seen lugging boxes, electronics and a bag marked “Evidence” from the state capitol building in Springfield. A similar scene played out at Sandoval’s Southwest Side home. And agents could be seen outside Sandoval’s political office in Cicero.
FBI Special Agent John Althen confirmed the agency had personnel in the state capitol conducting “authorized law enforcement activity,” but he declined to comment further. IRS Criminal Investigation was also involved in the search, according to an official there.
The first-floor Capitol suite targeted by the feds in Springfield contains the offices of several senators, but it was apparent Tuesday the agents were focusing on the office of Sandoval, who is the Democratic Caucus whip. Through translucent windows, reporters outside could see people moving inside that office, with occasional camera flashes visible.