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    While Deb Halvorson may have the name recognition, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle argues the former congresswoman is too conservative for Illinois' 2nd Congressional District. (Published Monday, Jan 28, 2013)

    Early voting begins Monday in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

    The Illinois Board of Elections says early voting for the 2nd Congressional District will take place at designated areas through Saturday, Feb. 23. The primary for the April 9 special election will be held Feb. 26.

    Preckwinkle Bashes Halvorson

    [CHI] Preckwinkle Bashes Halvorson
    While Deb Halvorson may have the name recognition, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle argues the former congresswoman is too conservative for Illinois' 2nd Congressional District. (Published Monday, Jan 28, 2013)

    The candidates include former state Rep. Robin Kelly who received endorsements Sunday from Democratic Illinois Congressmen Danny Davis and Bobby Rush. Other candidates in the running are former Congressman Debbie Halvorson, state Sen. Toi Hutchinson and Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale.

    The district includes Chicago neighborhoods, south suburbs and some rural areas.

    Ald. Anthony Beale Announces Candidacy for JJJ's Old Seat

    [CHI] Ald. Anthony Beale Announces Candidacy for JJJ's Old Seat
    Alderman Anthony Beale officially announced his intent to run for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s vacant seat on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (Published Monday, Jan 7, 2013)

    Jackson resigned in November, citing ongoing health problems and acknowledging he's under federal investigation, reportedly for misuse of campaign funds. NBC News confirmed Friday that Jackson signed papers in a plea deal last week.

    Jackson’s case is being handled by the US Attorney’s office in Washington DC. Those with knowledge of the investigation believe the loose ends now deal with Jackson’s wife, former Alderman Sandi Jackson, and whether or not she is ultimately charged.