Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. announced his resignation from Congress on Wednesday citing health reasons, although he said he would accept responsibility as a result of an ongoing federal investigation on him.

His resignation will take effect immediately according to the letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner today, where Jackson said that he had done a share of mistakes but he did not specify what they were.

The decision ends the once promising career for Jackson, who first came to Washington in 1995 as a Democrat congressman from a Chicago district.

Earlier this month, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Jackson and federal prosecutors are negotiating a plea bargain to settle charges on allegations that he misused campaign funds. It was previously reported that Jackson was being investigated for allegedly using the campaign money to decorate his home and to purchase a Rolex watch worth $40,000 for a female friend.

Son of a famous civil rights leader, Jackson has received treatment for bipolar disorder in two occasions and has been on medical leave since June 10.

Jackson’s office announced on July 27 that he was being treated for depression in a Minnesota clinic after pressure mounted from his colleagues that he explain his absence.

In Nov. 6, Jackson received 63 per cent of the vote in his district which elected him to a 10th term.

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