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Gov. Quinn Schedules Elections to Replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

Quinn is trying to change one of the dates to avoid millions of dollars in election costs to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

The process to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will begin in February, according to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has set a special primary election for Feb. 26, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Quinn ordered a subsequent special general election for March 19, which will determine who will ultimately replace Jackson for the rest of his term.

The primary election occurs on the same date as the municipal primary elections. The special general election will be three weeks earlier than the actual general election because state law requires any special general election to be held within 115 days of a congressional vacancy occurring.

The special general election could still be moved to April 9, as Quinn said he would work with the General Assembly to change the state law in order to save money. Officials are estimating the financial burden of Jackson’s resignation to range in the millions. 

Several people have announced intentions to run for the 2nd District seat, including former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson and frequent Jackson opponent Rev. Anthony W. Williams.

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Joe Lake November 27, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times, reported some time ago that JJJr's campaign fund was just a little over $100,000. The campaign spent over one million dollars in the election cycle, but maybe did only one robo call and one email. The F.B.I is reportedly investigating, including a $40,000 watch purchased out of campaign funds and given to a female friend of JJJr. Joe Lake, Chicago
Marcus Lewis November 28, 2012 at 01:53 AM
ATTENTION 2nd District, This campaign again is ramping up at this moment to capture this congressional seat we unveil our new theme song: "Give The People What They Want!" By The O'Jays This is very appropriate as that is exactly what I intend to do when I am elected to congress... Listen to the lyrics...this is exactly my agenda! We are rolling on here to bring the help the people of the 2nd District must have. It is through this seat in the hands of the people they will have a voice through Marcus Lewis to get the respect and resources they have been long denied. NOW IS OUR TIME! VOTE FOR MARCUS LEWIS FOR CONGRESS "RECLAIMING THE PEOPLE'S SEAT FOR THE PEOPLE!" www.marcuslewisforcongress2012.org
Marie B. November 28, 2012 at 01:54 AM
@Genvieve LaChappele ... Don't hate & blame the President for getting re-elected because the rest if the country disagreed! Blame the person who did the crime .. the voters are the victims that loss this time!
James Taylor November 29, 2012 at 06:04 PM
The Editorial Board of the Kankakee City News has endorsed State Senator Toi Hutchinson in the upcoming Democratic Party Primary for election in the 2nd Congressional District the newspaper believes Senator Hutchinson has the knowledge and ability but more importantly, the honesty and sense of community to represent the interests of the people of the 2nd Congressional District. By James H. Taylor Sr. – Publisher - ( I will be seeking the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District and hopefully, will have the opportunity to debate Senator Hutchinson on the issues facing the residents of our district. Ours would be a campaign based on positive issues and alternatives and suggested courses of action to improve the quality of life for the people of the 2nd Congressional District. I suspect the main issue we will disagree on is I am pro-life and perhaps she is not. The other differences will center around budget and programming but the important thing is that we won’t get side tracked on none merit issues!)
JACQUES CARR December 06, 2012 at 05:48 AM
JUNE WHITEHAND SEEMS TO THINK STUPID THINGS ARE BEING SAID. LISTEN HERE, THINGS ARE BEING SAID ABOUT A PERSON WHO IS $500,000.00 IN THE HOLE ON MONIES NOT ACCOUNTED FOR BY TODD STROGER. THESE THINGS AREN'T STUPID AND THAT DAMN MOOCHING, BEGGING, NOT GETTING ANYTHING ON HIS OWN INCOMPETENT FOOL TODD STROGER SHOULD BE GETTING A SUBPOENA AND AN INDICTMENT FOR IT. LADY YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR FREAKIN MIND IF YOU THINK STUPID THINGS ARE BEING SAID.

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