FYI: Chicago Congr. J. Jackson, Jr. ResignsSubmitted by SteveMT on Wed, 11/21/2012 - 16:25
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. submits resignation
35 min ago By Henry C. Jackson and Sophia Tareen
The 47-year-old has been on medical leave from Congress since June.
CHICAGO — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has resigned after a months-long leave for mental illness, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.
Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel confirmed his office had received a letter of resignation from Jackson but did not comment further.
Jackson, 47, disappeared in June, and it was later revealed that he was being treated at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder and gastrointestinal issues. He returned to his Washington home in September, but went back to the clinic the next month, with his father saying his son had not yet "regained his balance." He left the clinic a second time earlier this month.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, has five days to schedule an election to replace Jackson after he receives official notice, and the election must be held within 115 days, according to election officials.
The vacancy left by Jackson's departure creates a rare opportunity for someone else to represent his district, which is made up of South Side Chicago neighborhoods ....