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Chicago Tribune: Rep. Jesse Jackson to announce resignation (Today)
Chicago Tribune ^ | November 21, 2012 | Katherine Skiba

Posted on 11/21/2012 11:09:58 AM PST by Zakeet

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will announce his resignation from Congress today in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Jackson's brother Jonathan Jackson said.

He spoke to the Chicago Tribune by telephone.

The congressman could not be reached for confirmation. Boehner's office also could not be immediately reached.

Jackson, 47, a South Side Democrat, has been treated for bipolar depression and has been on a medical leave from Congress since June. He has been under investigation by federal authorities for alleged misuse of campaign dollars and also has faced a congressional ethics probe.

Although he did not wage a campaign, Jackson won re-election on Nov. 6 to another two-year term in the House by defeating a Republican and independent challenger. Under Illinois law, Gov. Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, would call a special election to fill Jackson’s 2nd District congressional seat, which extends from Chicago’s South Side to Kankakee.

He is the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader, and the husband of Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, 7th.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 112th; congress; corruption; cultureofcorruption; il2012; illinois; jackson; jjj

I finally finished weaving my basket in the booby hatch

1 posted on 11/21/2012 11:10:10 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Sorry for double-posting same article. You posted first, I searched, but was not as quick as you ;)


2 posted on 11/21/2012 11:16:58 AM PST by PghBaldy (Pete Hoekstra RE: Petraeus scandal - "There's more here than meets the eye.")
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To: Zakeet

How will Chicago ever find another Black manic depressant felon to fill his seat?


3 posted on 11/21/2012 11:17:58 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Zakeet

Too sick to stand trial or seriously mentally ill?


4 posted on 11/21/2012 11:21:53 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: onyx
Too sick to stand trial or seriously mentally ill?

All liberals are seriously mentally ill.

5 posted on 11/21/2012 11:24:45 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Zakeet

With his resignation, Illinois’ super corrupt Governor will get to appoint someone worse.

Rep. J. Jackson Jr. will likely be viewed as relatively benign compared to whomever gets appointed to replace him.

However, I do acknowledge that I am ignorant of his record, so I may be talking idiocy.


6 posted on 11/21/2012 11:32:30 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Zakeet

He hasnt been to work in a year, why hasnt he been fired.


7 posted on 11/21/2012 11:32:30 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

He could have raped and murdered 10 hookers, and he wouldn’t have been “fired.”


8 posted on 11/21/2012 11:34:02 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: driftdiver; DustyMoment

Since Congressman Jackson resigned, which Repubican should run, in the special election? I hope that John Arrington will run. I posted a wall-to-wall comment, on his facebook page, and I asked him to run. If you agree, please ask him to run. He’s a conservative who was a Harvey alderman. He ran for the U.S. Senate, in 2010, so he has high name recognition.


9 posted on 11/21/2012 11:35:42 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins

Seems like a nice guy. I met him at the DuPage County Fair.


10 posted on 11/21/2012 11:42:10 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Zakeet

He could have announced before the election. He should pay for the Special Election.


11 posted on 11/21/2012 11:44:26 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Zakeet

The libs will play the victim card no doubt...racist white America put too much pressure on him and blinded him with materialism.


12 posted on 11/21/2012 11:47:15 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("God only knows it's not what we would choose to do." - Lyric from Us and Them - Pink Floyd)
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To: driftdiver
He hasn't been to work in a year, why hasn't he been fired?

Do I need to be the first to point out that our country would be way better off if every leftist office holder would check in for mental treatment and not show up for work?

13 posted on 11/21/2012 11:50:30 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: PhilCollins; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued; randita; Perdogg; GOPsterinMA; ...

“Since Congressman Jackson resigned, which Repubican should run, in the special election? I hope that John Arrington will run. I posted a wall-to-wall comment, on his facebook page, and I asked him to run. If you agree, please ask him to run. He’s a conservative who was a Harvey alderman. He ran for the U.S. Senate, in 2010, so he has high name recognition.”


I second Phil’s nomination. I have no hopes that he could actually win, but it will help him for a future run for a winnable race.


14 posted on 11/21/2012 11:59:48 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Zakeet

15 posted on 11/21/2012 12:07:10 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Zakeet
About time the druggie trash resigned.. When is his daddy going to retire from being the money grabber so he can play with all of his illigement kids..
16 posted on 11/21/2012 12:12:16 PM PST by PLD
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To: Zakeet

any reason his wife Sandi won’t run? unless she needs to stay home and care for her “sick” husband. ;)


17 posted on 11/21/2012 12:12:43 PM PST by NCcatdaddy
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To: TexasCajun

The successor is obvious: Jesse, Sr., who is known to say “Up with Hope, Down with Dope” even if he doesn’t really mean it. He will thrill Chicago as his son has done.


18 posted on 11/21/2012 12:26:50 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, they must all be crazy out there!")
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To: DustyMoment

There is no appointment to the House, but Chicago might try it to test the Constitution. People in Chicago are most needy.


19 posted on 11/21/2012 12:28:49 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, they must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Zakeet

That district would elect Robert Mugabe if he were on the ballot.


20 posted on 11/21/2012 12:29:45 PM PST by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: mgstarr

exactly


21 posted on 11/21/2012 12:32:42 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: TexasCajun

There is one in the white house.

They can pick him up at any time.


22 posted on 11/21/2012 12:41:14 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: TexasCajun
How will Chicago ever find another Black manic depressant felon to fill his seat?

Valerie Jarrett was supposed to get that seat, that's why Blago is in prison. Maybe Zippy will pull off something stupid again.

23 posted on 11/21/2012 12:50:36 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Zakeet

So, I’m guessing he finally got his disability pay lined up?

Will it continue while he’s in prison?


24 posted on 11/21/2012 12:58:54 PM PST by moovova
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To: dfwgator

As a fellow sufferer of bipolar disorder, I can feel for the guy. Hopefully he can find the right combination of meds that will alleviate the symptoms soon.


25 posted on 11/21/2012 1:01:44 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Why is the government more concerned about protecting a microbe on Mars than an unborn baby here?)
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To: Zakeet

When a white mobster showed up in court ib pyjamas and babbled incoherently, everyone assumed he was faking, but when a comparable negro criminal presents himself as a bi-polar victim, white guilt commands some of us to take him seriously.


26 posted on 11/21/2012 1:19:32 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: moovova

“So, I’m guessing he finally got his disability pay lined up?”

That and his “Do Not Go to Jail Card” from Holder.


27 posted on 11/21/2012 1:42:08 PM PST by DAC21
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To: dfwgator
All liberals are seriously mentally ill.

Well said.

28 posted on 11/21/2012 1:44:04 PM PST by Katiana Kalashnikova
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To: onyx

“Too sick to stand trial or seriously mentally ill?”

More like too seriously corrupt.


29 posted on 11/21/2012 3:07:18 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Theodore R.

There is no need to appoint a new Congressman when you get to decide who the Dem nominee will be. The nominee will be selected by the Dem ward committeemen within the district (and by Dem county supervisors from the areas outside Cook County, I guess), which means that Obama, Rahm, Quinn, etc. will get to strong-arm Dem pols to nominate the candidate of their choice.

When Blago expressed interest in selling the IL-05 House seat to the highest bidder after Rahm vacated it to become Obama’s Chief of Staff, a lot of people thought “Blago is so stupid that he thinks the governor gets to appoint House members like they were Senators.” But Blago was no dummy—he wanted to sell his influence in picking the Dem nominee in an overwhelmingly Dem district.


30 posted on 11/21/2012 5:13:08 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; PhilCollins; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

Usually I’m perturbed by excessively long layoffs for special elections but I hope the good people of IL-2 get to enjoy Congressman Vacant Seat for as long as possible.

David Orr Cook County Clerk wants Feb 26th for the primary and April 9th for the General.


31 posted on 11/21/2012 6:03:42 PM PST by Impy (Boehner for President - 2013)
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To: Zakeet

Why would he leave? Does Baraq have somebody that needs to be rewarded?

We had Julia Carson here in Indy who had senile dementia and kept getting re-elected. The staff did all the work, they would wheel her onto the House floor for the big votes.

She basically went from the House floor to the funeral home.


32 posted on 11/21/2012 6:11:40 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Impy; AuH2ORepublican; PhilCollins; fieldmarshaldj
Darn.

I was hoping Congressman BribeMe would try to keep the seat for the next two years and collect a salary without showing up for work. It would have been a huge embarassment for the Dems and it's unlikely they would have actually made a move to expel him unless he was convicted for a crime.

I agree with PhilCollins that John Arrington is probably the strongest candidate we can run for that seat, though I doubt conservatives will be able to persuade him and draft him for the job. Unfortunately, having an "R" next to your name on the ballot is toxic to most of Junior's constituents in Crook County. I'm convinced they'd vote RAT if Jesus himself was the GOP nominee and the RAT candidate was caught snorting glue and raping children on live TV. Arrington might have a slight chance of getting elected Mayor of the city of Harvey, if for no other reason because its a non-partisan race so they'd be willing to consider a conservative.

33 posted on 11/21/2012 7:36:34 PM PST by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: Theodore R.; Impy
>> There is no appointment to the House, but Chicago might try it to test the Constitution. <<

That would be fun. I'm arguing with the "abolish the 17th amendment!!!" crowd on another thread. It would be interesting to see Illinois government officials attempt to appoint Sandi Jackson or something (or any really blatantly crooked RAT who wouldn't make it thru a RAT primary), just so the state legislature apologists here can see just how crooked state legislatures are.

Aside from their whole "everything the founders ever thought of is INFALLIBLE!!" argument (which they contradict by admitting they wouldn't want other post-1789 amendments abolished), they actually seem to believe that state politicians would choose better Senators than citizens. Why not have state politicians pick House members too? Wouldn't they want those wise, statesmanlike politicians picking out superior candidates for BOTH Houses? Why does the anti-17th amendment crowd want our "local" Congressmen to be inferior to those great Senators selected for us?

It reminds me of the "I'm against the death penalty because it's the easy way out and life in prison is a worse punishment -- but I'd allow the death penalty for terrorists" argument. So they want to give terrorists a "lesser" punishment?

34 posted on 11/21/2012 7:46:31 PM PST by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; Theodore R.; campaignPete R-CT

There has been ONE appointment to the House. When James Inhofe was elected to the Senate in a special election in 1994 he took office as soon as the vote was certified.

Steve Largent who had been elected to Inhofe’s house seat was appointed by the Governor to serve the remainder of Inhofe’s final term in the House. The House did not object and I guess no one else did either, if they had they may have been able to prevent Largent’s seating.

The OK law used to appoint Largent is

http://oklegal.onenet.net/oklegal-cgi/get_statute?99/Title.26/26-12-101.html

Section B at the link

Section C allowed rat Senator Boren to resign AFTER his successor was elected in a special election rather than have his resignation trigger the election.

Both sections seem unoffensive to me but I do not know if they would survive a legal challenge as the US Constitution does not address the appointment of House members.


35 posted on 11/22/2012 1:29:47 AM PST by Impy (Boehner for President - 2013)
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To: Impy; BillyBoy

The special election can’t be on April 9. According to a state law, Gov. Quinn must announce the election dates within five days after the resignation. The general election must be held no more than 115 days after the day that Quinn makes the announcement. The latest possible day for the special general election is March 21.


36 posted on 11/22/2012 4:41:11 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins; BillyBoy

I don’t think there there can officially be a vacancy for the new term until it starts in January (the third I believe).

April 9th is only 96 days after that if I count right.


37 posted on 11/22/2012 5:31:58 AM PST by Impy (Boehner for President - 2013)
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To: Impy; BillyBoy

The vacancy started yesterday because that’s when Jackson resigned.


38 posted on 11/22/2012 5:54:39 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj

The NEW term, I don’t think Jackson’s resignation of the the the new term can take effect until the new term actually begins, how can it be vacant when it has not started yet? His resignation of his *current* almost finished term is not relevant.

And although Orr is a slimebag I think he’d know the law and would not suggest an illegal date.


39 posted on 11/22/2012 6:03:48 AM PST by Impy (Boehner for President - 2013)
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To: Impy

LOL, I wrote “the the the”.


40 posted on 11/22/2012 6:05:31 AM PST by Impy (Boehner for President - 2013)
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To: Impy

LOL, I wrote “the the the”.


41 posted on 11/22/2012 6:09:51 AM PST by Impy (Boehner for President - 2013)
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To: Impy; BillyBoy

Jackson’s seat, in the new term, can be vacant because he resigned, yesterday.

I thought that Clerk Orr would know the law, but, maybe, I was incorrect.


42 posted on 11/22/2012 7:34:07 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: Impy

This is from an article on the WLS-TV site: “According to law, Gov. Pat Quinn has five days following the resignation to set the date for a special election to replace Jackson in Congress.

“That five days would expire on Monday and by Monday we’ll have the schedule prepared,” Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday.

The election has to be held within 115 days of the Governor’s announcement.”

The WGN-TV site states that Clerk Orr hopes that the elections will be held on Feb. 26 and April 9, but those dates would need to be approved by a judge, since that date, for the general election, would violate the state law, since it’s later than the limit, in the law.


43 posted on 11/22/2012 7:49:44 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins

Well I’m sure they can find a judge to agree with whatever they want since they don’t care about the law.


44 posted on 11/22/2012 7:59:05 AM PST by Impy (Boehner for President - 2013)
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