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Timing of the resignation of Scott Bundgaard

For two days, I watched Scott Bundgaard listen to witness after witness give testimony that contradicted what he said happened during a freeway fight he had with his then-girlfriend in February of last year. But what baffled me, and no doubt many other reporters who covered the ethics investigation into his conduct that night, was not that he ultimately decided to resign his seat.

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Bundgaard resigns from Legislature (access required)

In a stunning turn of events, Sen. Scott Bundgaard resigned his legislative seat just moments before he was scheduled to take the witness stand in the ethics investigation against him involving a freeway fight with his ex-girlfriend.

The lawyer defending the Peoria Republican told a committee weighing the case against Bundgaard today that the hearing was "no longer necessary."

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More delays in Bundgaard ethics trial (access required)

The trial involving whether Sen. Scott Bundgaard breached ethical rules could be pushed back to next year, when the legislative session starts.

Sen. Ron Gould, chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, said the committee needs to resolve a request by a Democratic senator who is asking the committee to adopt a less-stringent burden of proof in investigating Bundgaard.

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