U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. has relinquished his seat representing the 2nd Congressional District, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Jackson resigned Wednesday afternoon in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. A spokesman for Boehner confirmed receiving the letter, NBC reports.
Jackson, 47, is currently the subject of a federal investigation into his campaign spending. Several media outlets have reported that Jackson is in plea deal talks that could include jail time and resignation from the congressional seat he has held for nearly 18 years.
Although he did not campaign, beating out both a Republican and independent challenger.
Jackson has been in and out of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for several months after being diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will call for a special election to fill Jackson's vacated seat representing the 2nd Congressional district, which extends from the South Side, to Kankakee.
Patch will post more information as it becomes available.
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