| Feb 16, 2013
| 7:34 PM
Jesse Jackson Jr.'s final act as a public official was to send a Thanksgiving eve resignation letter to the speaker of the House in which he declared that "for 17 years I have given 100 percent of my time, energy and life to public service."
| Jan 27, 2013
| 5:56 PM
Debbie Halvorson found herself alone among leading Democratic candidates Sunday when she indicated she would not support a ban on the semiautomatic firearm used in the Sandy Hook school shooting last month.
The former one-term congresswoman from Crete...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 10:41 AM
State Sen. Donne Trotter has told several south suburban officials that he will officially end his bid for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat that Jesse Jackson Jr. vacated last month, sources said Friday.
| Dec 10, 2012
| 7:37 PM
A Democratic state senator running for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s old congressional seat suggested Monday that voters should “turn the page” away from the district’s scandal-filled history of representation, even as a rival...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 6:19 AM
Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Congressional predecessor wants his old job back.
Mel Reynolds was 2nd district Congressman until 1995 when he had to resign in disgrace over a bank fraud scandal and an affair with a minor.
Reynolds says he has learned from his...
| Nov 22, 2012
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the ambitious political heir to a powerful Chicago family whose once promising future collapsed amid federal ethics investigations and a diagnosis of mental illness, resigned Wednesday from the South Side congressional seat he held...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 7:12 AM
Following Tuesday's special election victory, Democrat Robin Kelly will start a new job in Congress as the least senior member of a House dominated by Republicans.
That political reality is not lost on Kelly, who said her first task is to restore...
| Jan 21, 2001
| 5:16 AM
Just hours before he left office Saturday, President Clinton ordered Mel Reynolds released from prison, commuting the former Chicago Democratic congressman's sentence as part of a flurry of last-minute clemency grants.
Clinton gave full pardons to his...