According to ABC News:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the embattled Illinois congressman who has been on medical leave from Capitol Hill for months undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder, resigned from Congress Wednesday. Aides to House Speaker John Boehner said they have received a letter of resignation from Jackson Jr.
The news was first reported by ABC’s Chicago affiliate WLS and two Chicago newspapers. Jackson has faced a slew of problems in recent months, most recently a probe by federal investigators into his finances. The federal probe was trying to get to the bottom of “suspicious activity” connected to Jackson’s House seat and potentially inappropriate expenditures. Jackson has missed 230 votes in the House this year. He last voted on June 8.
Despite all his troubles, Jackson still managed to win re-election in a landslide earlier this month. But now he will leave Congress, shrouded by personal problems and professional probes.
According to state law, once Jackson notifies Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, he will have to declare the seat vacant, and the state will hold a special election to fill that spot.
Reached by ABC News Wednesday, one of Jackson’s colleagues Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., said he was not surprised that Jackson had decided to leave Capitol Hill, noting that Jackson had cancelled a conference call with constituents set for Wednesday morning.
“I did get the feeling that if you’ve got plans to say something this morning and then you don’t, that would probably indicate that you were pretty close to something,” Davis said.
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