Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers

Candidates Race to Replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    Days after Jesse Jackson Jr. announced his resignation from Congress last Wednesday, the race to replace him has become increasingly crowded. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    Days after Jesse Jackson Jr. announced his resignation from Congress last Wednesday, the race to replace him has become increasingly crowded.

    Even before Jackson sent his resignation letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, potential candidates started popping up.

    Halvorson: We Need to Make District "Priority One"

    [CHI] Halvorson: We Need to Make District "Priority One"
    Former Rep. Deb Halvorson explains why she's running for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s vacated U.S. House seat in the Illinois 2nd Congressional District.

    "Yes, I'm interested," said Sam Adam Jr., the attorney who represented former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. "To be honest, I would love it because I look at it as the ultimate voice for the voiceless."

    Three hours after Jackson resigned, State Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields also announced plans to run.

    Rooftop Pastor Talks About Running for JJJ's Seat

    [CHI] Rooftop Pastor Talks About Running for JJJ's Seat
    Pastor Corey Brooks, who became known as Chicago's "Rooftop Pastor," is considering a run for Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat. He stopped by NBC 5 to talk about his possible plans, when he will make an announcement and his thought about Jackson's resignation.

    Since then at least 10 others have raised their hand to be considered in Illinois' 2nd District. The list includes Ald. Anthony Beale, Ald. Will Burns, Sen. Kwame Raoul, former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, Mel Reynolds and Jackson's wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson.

    On Sunday night, former Rep. Debbie Halvorson officially threw in her hat for the seat. She represented the state's 11th district from 2009-2010 but lost big to Jackson in the March primary, 29 percent to 71 percent.

    "This is going to be a very short election," Halvorson said, "and we need to make sure that the day after the election, someone is going to be there hitting the ground running and make sure we bring back what resources we need for this district."

    Corey Brooks, the man who became known as Chicago's "Rooftop Pastor," also said Sunday he's considering a run for the seat. Brooks held a 94-day vigil atop a former Super Motel to raise awareness about city violence.

    Reverend Jackson About Talks Painful Holiday

    [CHI] Reverend Jackson About Talks Painful Holiday
    Reverend Jesse Jackson said his Thanksgiving was filled with joy and sorrow. He was able to do some good by touring hospitals and jails, but also suffered because his son is ailing.

    "The same issues that a lot of people are facing -- the economy, education, violence -- those issues are issues that need to be addressed in a lot of the districts," Brooks said. "Plus I want to help support the president's agenda, and if I could do that then I'll definitely get in the race, but I haven't decided yet."

    The list isn't likely to end there as other names pop up, such as Marcus Lewis, Jackson's outspoken opponent in the November race, and even Jackson's siblings.

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday is expected to schedule a special election to fill the vacated seat, which must be filled within 115 days. The constituents of the 2nd district will be without representation until the seat is filled.

    Meanwhile former Congressman Jackson Jr. has not been seen in public.