Special Election For Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Seat Tentatively Set For March

The date for the special election to fill the House seat being vacated by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) was set for March 19 on Monday, but the state’s governor hopes to ultimately move it back to coincide with municipal elections already planned for April 9, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

A spokeswoman for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) told the Sun-Times that holding the special election on the same date as the other elections will save the state money. Former Illinois Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson (D) announced Monday that she will pursue Jackson’s seat. 


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