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.
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.
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.