Dolton -- Fifteen of the 22 individuals seeking the vacated seat of former Cong. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. attended a candidates' forum at a south suburban church Saturday, January 12th. The forum, hosted by Developing Communities Project, a community development organization, was moderated by WVON's Cliff Kelley.
Neighborhood Scribe reports that the forum's topics ran the gamut of issues from jobs, foreclosure, to youth violence. The responses varied as much as the candidates themselves as to how they would address these issues that are impacting the Second Congressional District.
Cong. Jackson resigned his seat 15 days after handedly winning re-election to office although he has been missing action since June. He is being treated for bipolar disorder. Jackson's resignation comes amid reports of a federal investigation into possible misuse of campaign funds.
His wife, Sandi Jackson, followed suit, resigning from her 7th Ward aldermanic post effective Tuesday, January 15th. According to news reports, Sandi Jackson resigned from her alderman's job because could not balance her duties to the ward while "dealing with very painful family health matters." A special election for Cong. Jesse Jackson's seat is scheduled for April 9th while the primary election takes place February 26th.
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