Illinois’ Second Congressional District has a voice again. Democrat Robin Kelly easily beat five opponents in the special election to fill former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s U.S. House seat. The district has been without representation since Jackson resigned in November, shortly after winning re-election, in spite of corruption allegations and an extended leave to deal with bipolar depression.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has until the end of business Monday to take his name off the November ballot. It is the last chance to remove his name and still have Democratic Party bosses handpick a replacement candidate. Over the weekend, he sent a recorded message to constituents.