After a prolonged leave over mental illness and an ongoing FBI investigation into campaign funds, Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) has resigned, submitting a letter of resignation to House Speaker John Boehner's office today. Jackson was re-elected in his Chicago congressional district only two weeks ago.
The congressman announced that he suffers from bipolar depression last month, spending four weeks in a Mayo health clinic in Minnesota, according to CBS News.
Jackson has also been plagued by a catalogue of scandals, from his involvement with former-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to the more recent accusations of misusing campaign funds.
The congressmen allegedly used campaign funds to decorate his home and purchase a $40,000 Rolex for a female friend. The investigation, CBS News reports, has expanded to include his wife, Sandi Jackson, a Chicago alderman.
Jackson is allegedly negotiating a plea deal in the case, which could include jail time.
Illinois law dictates a special election within 115 days in the event of a congressional vacancy, so we can look forward to another Congressional race coming up soon.Via Politico and CBS News