A northern Illinois Republican state legislator says he's stepping down at the end of September.
Jim Sacia is in his sixth term in the Illinois House of Representatives. He tells the Freeport Journal-Standard he vowed not to hold the 89th House District seat more than 12 years.
Sacia calls his early departure from the House the “right thing to do” so the GOP can pick someone to fill out his term and run for the next one.
The Pecatonica resident says he's undecided about his political future, but says he might run for another office.
Local Republicans will pick a replacement to finish the rest of Sacia's term. Whomever they choose will represent the district until the November 2014 election.
Sacia is a former FBI agent who's the Republican spokesman for the Agriculture & Conservation Committee.