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Emanuel on Jackson's Resignation: "Time to Move Forward"




    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:

    Rahm: Jesse Jackson Jr. Should Talk to Constituents

    [CHI] Rahm: Jesse Jackson Jr. Should Talk to Constituents
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday said "it's incumbent upon" embattled Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to talk to his constituents. (Published Monday, Nov. 12, 2012)

    "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."

    Earlier this month, Emanuel said it was "incumbent" upon Jackson "to have a conversation with his constituents about his intentions."

    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.