Jackson Jr. resigns, election to be held

BY LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

After five months of absence from the House of Representatives, Jesse Jackson Jr. tendered his resignation from Congress on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Jackson left the house to seek treatment for bipolar disorder and depression in June, though his office didn’t alert his constituents until two weeks later and said he was seeking treatment for “exhaustion.”

Jackson is also in discussions for a plea agreement with federal investigators regarding his alleged illegal use of campaign money redecorating his Washington D.C. home and buying high-end watches.

Cook County Clerk David Orr said a special election will be called to fill the empty seat as early as February.

l.welbers@hpherald.com