(Image source: Chicago Tribune)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. has resigned his House seat. The embattled Illinois Democrat sent a letter of resignation to House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday.

Jackson — son of civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson — has served the House since a special election in 1995. For the last few months he’s been on medical leave for bipolar disorder treatment. (VIDEO VIA WGN)

The news came Wednesday afternoon first from local outlets in Chicago.

WFLD: “He was going to be on conference call with some top workers as well as top congressional leaders and announce what his future political career plans were going to be. That in addition to possibly talking about this plea bargain.”

The plea bargain references an ongoing federal probe into so-called “suspicious activities” with the congressman’s finances. That and the ongoing mental health concerns are why WBBM’s Jay Levine notes...

“For several weeks, it was no longer a matter of it he will resign but when. ... Those who have spoken to him say the congressman is nowhere near ready to return to work now.”

Jackson hasn’t been to work on the Hill since June, and he’s missed some 230 House votes this year according to WGN.

Still, this past election day he handily won re election in his heavily Democratic district — even without really campaigning. State law requires Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to officially declare the seat vacant, followed by a special election to fill the seat.



 

Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns Amid Federal Probe

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Nov 21, 2012

Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns Amid Federal Probe

(Image source: Chicago Tribune)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. has resigned his House seat. The embattled Illinois Democrat sent a letter of resignation to House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday.

Jackson — son of civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson — has served the House since a special election in 1995. For the last few months he’s been on medical leave for bipolar disorder treatment. (VIDEO VIA WGN)

The news came Wednesday afternoon first from local outlets in Chicago.

WFLD: “He was going to be on conference call with some top workers as well as top congressional leaders and announce what his future political career plans were going to be. That in addition to possibly talking about this plea bargain.”

The plea bargain references an ongoing federal probe into so-called “suspicious activities” with the congressman’s finances. That and the ongoing mental health concerns are why WBBM’s Jay Levine notes...

“For several weeks, it was no longer a matter of it he will resign but when. ... Those who have spoken to him say the congressman is nowhere near ready to return to work now.”

Jackson hasn’t been to work on the Hill since June, and he’s missed some 230 House votes this year according to WGN.

Still, this past election day he handily won re election in his heavily Democratic district — even without really campaigning. State law requires Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to officially declare the seat vacant, followed by a special election to fill the seat.



 

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