Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns

Jackson tendered his resignation Wednesday afternoon in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner.

U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. has relinquished his seat representing the 2nd Congressional District, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Jackson resigned Wednesday afternoon in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. A spokesman for Boehner confirmed receiving the letter, NBC reports.

Jackson, 47, is currently the subject of a federal investigation into his campaign spending. Several media outlets have reported that Jackson is in plea deal talks that could include jail time and resignation from the congressional seat he has held for nearly 18 years. 

Although he did not campaign, beating out both a Republican and independent challenger. 

Jackson has been in and out of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for several months after being diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will call for a special election to fill Jackson's vacated seat representing the 2nd Congressional district, which extends from the South Side, to Kankakee. 

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Chicagoheightsmike November 24, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Marcus, I hate to say it but this time around your job is going to be tough getting 38K votes. You received anti jackson votes and anti republicans. Now you are going to be up against folks who can raise money and are not tarnished.
Chicagoheightsmike November 24, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Joe do you live in the 1st District or 2nd District, Just curious. Debbie Halvorson will not make a dent in this election.
Chicagoheightsmike November 24, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Juvenal, I have to agree with you. Debbie Halvorson came off as a "I don't have a clue how the federal government works." She will do better and just consult or something.
BUTCH November 25, 2012 at 02:46 AM
What a hilarious comment by chgoHtsmike Debbie came off" unlike who JJJ or MEL both were products of nothing to do with government, Debbie was the whip to Emil Jones in the Statehouse the same statehouse that a south side Senator served in as a one termer and became a 2 term president would a pol expert like Mike say that Barach Obama was over is head when he ran for the US Senate! Mike means she is from the white part of Sicily (her ancestry) she is too white to be elected, I'm betting the 2 district is fed up with charlatan ministers, the Jackson's and Shaws and other phonies and will elect a outstanding candidate like Debbie Halvorson.
James Bond December 04, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Joe, hope your buddy Marcus Lewis can gather over 15 thousand good signatures to get on the ballot. Guess he will be sitting this one out.


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