Representative Jesse Jackson resigns, district now must hold a special election
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois: Recently re-elected representative Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. has decided to step down and resign from his District seat. The official reason given for his resignation was due to continued treatment for his bi-polar disorder, but the continued probe into campaign finance abuses likely added to the push to resign. Due to the resignation, a special primary and general election must now take place to fill the vacancy. Governor Pat Quinn must schedule the elections which have to take place 115 days after the resignation as stated by Illinois law. Jackson's attorneys stated that while he has resigned his seat, he is still cooperating with authorities on the finance charges.
It was also noted that the special elections needed to replace Jackson could cost upwards of $5.15 million based on previous special election costs held in the state. But it if the special elections are held with other local races then the costs would be reduced. The state Primary will be held on February 26, which would allow the special election for District 2 representative to be held on an established date. It is expected that several Democratic candidates will vie for the seat.