Police: Former House Republican paid $3,000 to extortionists

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Illinois Ron Sandack

CHICAGO (AP) — Information released after an appeal by The Associated Press shows that a former top House Republican wired $3,000 to an extortionist in the Philippines before alerting police in July.

Ex-Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove acknowledged in September that he had an “inappropriate” Skype video conversation with a woman who contacted him on Facebook.

The conversation’s content remains secret but Downers Grove Police revealed Thursday that Sandack answered extortion demands of $1,000, then $2,000 over the next two days. He alerted police after receiving a $5,000 demand.

Police disclosed the information after the state attorney general agreed with appeals from The AP and other news media that more of the still-heavily redacted report should be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act.

Sandack resigned in July. He did not comment Thursday.