Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns

    WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 10:  Rep. Jessie Jackson Jr. (D-IL) addresses a news conference at the U.S. Captiol December 10, 2008 in Washington, DC. Jackson had been mentioned as a potential replacement for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (C), who has the power to fill the vacant Senate seat, was arrested at his Chicago home yesterday and charged with corruption after prosecutors said he was trying to sell the seat to the highest bidder.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jessie Jackson Jr.

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    After somehow winning reelection despite being hospitalized for bipolar disorder for months, Jesse Jackson Jr. handed in his letter of resignation Wednesday. "Over the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish," Jackson wrote. "It is with great regret that I hereby resign as a member of the United States House of Representatives, effective today." A special election will be help to fill his congressional seat that represents parts of Chicago.

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