Former U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: Getty Images)

Former U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP)– The special election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will be held April 9.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday to approve the date.

Jackson resigned last month citing his health and acknowledging he’s under federal investigation.

Quinn had 115-day window to set an election. But he wanted the Jackson contest to coincide with municipal elections already planned for April 9 so he had to seek lawmaker approval to change the timeline. Lawmakers approved legislation for the date change.

Quinn says the move saves taxpayer money.

The primary for the special election is Feb 26.

Jackson’s vacancy means there’s a rare opening in the Democratic-leaning Chicago area district that Jackson had held since 1995.

On Sunday, former state Rep. Robin Kelly announced her plans to run.

Meanwhile, South Side Pastor Corey Brooks said he will not run, saying his family and efforts to build a community center are bigger priorities.

“We’re gonna get this center built, and we’re gonna help stop violence in our neighborhood. Because if we don’t stop it, its not gonna be stopped,” he said.

Among other candidates who say they’re running are Ald. Anthony Beale; state Sens. Toi Hutchinson, Donnie Trotter and Napolean Harris, and former congressman Mel Reynolds.

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