Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday evening reacted to news of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s resignation from Congress.
Said the mayor in a written statement:
"While I'm sure this was a difficult decision for Congressman Jackson, now is the time to look forward. The residents of the 2nd Congressional District will now have an opportunity to choose their next leader to fight for all of us in Washington, DC. My thoughts and prayers and with the Jackson family and I wish Jesse a healthy recovery."
Jackson went on medical leave earlier this year and continues to be treated for bi-polar disorder. He hasn't publicly been seen since late June.
Jackson's father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, said the entire family feels "a great sense of pain" over the resignation and the ongoing medical challenge.