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March 19 the date of special election for Jackson's seat

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  • Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress earlier this month.

    Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress earlier this month.
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Gov. Pat Quinn says the special election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has tentatively been set for March 19, but that could change.

The primary is Feb. 26, followed by the general election a few weeks later. However, Quinn says he's going to try to get approval for an April 9 general election, which is the same day as other municipal elections.

Quinn needs approval to do so because it's outside a 115-day window set by election law. Quinn says that'll save taxpayer money.

Jackson resigned last week citing his health problems and acknowledging that he's under federal investigation, reportedly for misuse of campaign funds.

Jackson first won office in 1995, so his resignation creates a rare opening.

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