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Governor: March 19th Special Election for Jackson's Seat

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says the special election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has tentatively been set for March 19th, but that could change.  Quinn announced Monday that the primary is February 26th followed by the general election a few weeks later.  However Quinn says he's going to try to get approval for an April 9th general election, which is the same day as other municipal elections.  

Quinn needs approval to do so because it's outside a 115-day window set by election law. Quinn says that'll save taxpayer money.  Jackson resigned last week citing his health problems and acknowledging that he's under federal investigation, reportedly for misuse of campaign funds.  Jackson first won office in 1995, so his resignation creates a rare opening. 

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