Timeline of key events leading to Rep. Schock's resignation

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Posted: Mar 17, 2015 7:21 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, 33, a Republican from Peoria, Illinois, said Tuesday that he would resign following weeks of revelations about business deals and lavish spending. Here is a timeline of key events leading up to his resignation:

—Feb. 2: The Washington Post reports that an interior decorator donated her services to redo Schock's congressional office in the style of TV show "Downton Abbey," despite House rules that broadly prohibit members of Congress from accepting gifts or services valued at more than $50.

—Feb. 4: Liberal-leaning watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) requests inquiry by Office of Congressional Ethics.

—Feb. 9: CREW calls on Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Schock broke federal law and House rules when he sold a home to a campaign donor for three times its assessed value.

—Feb. 19: USA Today reports that Schock might have violated House rule and federal law by spending taxpayer and campaign funds on unauthorized aircraft.

—Feb. 23: The Associated Press reports that Schock spent taxpayer and campaign funds for at least 12 flights worth more than $40,000 aboard private planes owned by key donors, tracking the flights partly through photos and videos uploaded to the congressman's Instagram account. The AP also reported on expensive travel and entertainment charges, including for a massage company and to take his interns to a sold-out Katy Perry concert. Schock says he's begun reviewing office procedures and hires top lawyers and public relations experts.

—Feb. 25: CREW asks congressional investigators to examine whether Schock violated house ethics rules governing private travel.

—Feb. 27: AP reports that Schock personally reimburses government $40,000 for office renovations.

—March 1: The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Schock improperly billed taxpayers more than $1,200 to travel to a Chicago Bears football game in November.

—March 13: AP review finds Schock built much of his personal wealth through real estate investments with political donors, including those who built, financed and later purchased a house he owned near Peoria, raising questions about the overlap between his personal finances and their political interests.

— March 16: Chicago television station WMAQ and Blue Nation Review, a liberal online publication, disclose another deal between a shell company linked to Schock and a political donor. AP reports the deal involved $300,000 for commercial property and $450,000 for lease payments from warehouse tenants. AP also confirms that the Office of Congressional Ethics appears to have begun investigation.

—March 17: Politico says it posed new questions to Schock about personal mileage reimbursements. Schock announces he will resign, effective March 31.