The complexities of a special primary contest to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress gave way the final weekend before the election to more traditional campaigning as candidates spent Sunday visiting churches and restaurants in search of votes.
The three top contenders for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District — Robin Kelly, Debbie Halvorson and Anthony Beale — each displayed optimism that they would cross the finish line first after the voting is finished Tuesday.
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The U.S. Department of Justice has resolved its dispute with the Illinois State Board of Elections over the handling of votes from overseas military personnel in the special election to replace U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson.
Justice department officials were concerned that U.S. citizens living or working abroad wouldn’t get ballots soon enough before the Feb. 26 primary.
The flood gates that opened after U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from his seat last November closed on Monday with 22 people filing to represent the 2nd Congressional District.
With the crowded field of 17 Democrats and five Republicans, some candidates were baring their fund-raising credentials to set themselves apart from the pack.
Categories: Local Issues, National Issues, 2nd Congressional Dist.
The field to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. expanded Sunday as former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly announced she is running for the 2nd Congressional District office.
Kelly, who was appointed chief administrative officer for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in 2011, was chief of staff to former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and ran unsuccessfully to replace him when he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. She is a former state representative from Matteson, which is in the 2nd District.
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The field is taking shape for a 2nd Congressional District race as two new candidates announced Thursday they are running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress and a third says he has a leg up on getting key Democratic party backing.
State Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields and Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) both said Thursday they will run in the February special election. Meanwhile, state Sen. Donne Trotter said he believes he has support from two key township committeemen who could give him the edge in Democratic slating next month.