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updated: 11/25/2012 12:57 PM

Democrats want to endorse candidate for Jackson's seat

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Associated Press

Cook County Democratic leaders say they'll slate a candidate for the primary election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

The Chicago Democrat resigned days ago, citing his health and acknowledging that he's under a federal investigation.

The field of potential replacements is expected to be wide with the rare opening in the district that includes Chicago neighborhoods, South suburbs and some rural areas.

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios is head of the Democratic Party in Cook County, which makes up most of the 2nd District. He told the Chicago Tribune he's in touch with local Democrats, including committeemen, to prepare for an endorsement session.

Berrios says the goal is to get everyone to rally around one candidate.

Gov. Pat Quinn will set the date of the special election.

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