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  • Former state Rep. Robin Kelly is running to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. A special election will be held Feb. 26.

      Former state Rep. Robin Kelly is running to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. A special election will be held Feb. 26.
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Two Democratic Chicago congressmen have endorsed Robin Kelly in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush and Danny Davis appeared Sunday at a news conference with Kelly.

Rush says Kelly is a woman of integrity and conviction. Davis says Kelly has the pragmatism needed to get results in Washington.

Kelly is a former state representative and one-time aide to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Other candidates in the running are former Congressman Debbie Halvorson, state Sen. Toi Hutchinson and Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale. The 2nd Congressional District spans several neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side, South suburbs and some rural areas. It's Democratic-leaning territory.

Jackson resigned in November, citing health problems and acknowledging that he's under federal investigation, reportedly for misusing campaign money.

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