Special Election

Quinn signed two bills into law in his final appearance as governor. (Credit; Bob Roberts)

Quinn Signs Special Election, Voter Registration Bills Into Law In Final Public Appearance As Governor

In his last public appearance before leaving office, Governor Quinn has signed two bills that drew the opposition of legislative Republicans and Governor-elect Rauner. WBBM’s Bob Roberts attended the signing ceremony.


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Democratic-Controlled Legislature OKs Special Election To Fill Vacancy Left By Topinka

GOP lawmakers say the idea for the 2016 contest is a purely political move to help Democrats capture the seat. The late Judy Baar Topinka was a Republican.


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Quinn Calling For Special Session To Set Up Special Election For Topinka’s Seat

Gov. Pat Quinn was moving to call a special session of the Illinois General Assembly next month to vote on legislation to set up a special election in 2016 for the Illinois State Comptroller’s office.


Robin Kelly won the 2nd Congressional District Primary.

Kelly Wins Dem. Primary For Ex-Rep. Jackson Jr.’s Seat

Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., after a truncated campaign season where she got a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC.


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Fire Closes Chicago Heights Polling Station

A polling place in Lincoln Heights was forced to close because of a nearby fire, according to a release from the Cook County Clerk’s office.


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Early Voting Begins For 2nd District, Suburban Races

Early voting has begun for the February 26 special election to fill the seat of resigned Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, but WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports it’s not the only seat up for grabs in the Chicago area.


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

22 Candidates Enter Race For Jackson’s Empty Seat In Congress

As expected, there is a very crowded field of candidates vying to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress. Seventeen Democrats and five Republicans met Monday evening’s deadline to file nominating petitions to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat in the upcoming special election.


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Candidates Begin Filing Petitions To Run For Jackson Jr.’s Seat

More than half a dozen Democrats turned in candidacy petitions Thursday to the Illinois Board of Elections.


State Sen. Donne Trotter leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse after being released on $25,000 bond on Dec. 6, 2012, on a charge of trying to bring a gun onto a plane at O'Hare International Airport the day before. (Credit: CBS)

Trotter Drops Bid For Jackson Jr.’s Seat In Congress

State Sen. Donne Trotter has decided to end his bid to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

CBS Chicago–12/28/2012

Jonathan Jackson is not running for Congress in the special election to fill the seat left vacant by his brother, Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned last month. (Credit: CBS)

Jonathan Jackson Not Running For Jesse Jr.’s Vacant Seat In Congress

“It’s not for me, and certainly elected office is not for me at this time,” Jonathan Jackson said on Tuesday.

CBS 2–12/18/2012

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

Election For Congressman Jackson’s Seat Scheduled For April 9

The special election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will be held April 9.


Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Give Early OK To Change In Vote Date For Jackson Seat

Illinois lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a plan to hold the special election for former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s House seat on April 9.


Quinn To Set Date For Jackson Jr. Special Election

Monday is the deadline for Governor Quinn to set dates for the special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.


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Race To Replace Jackson Could Be ‘Wild, Wild West’

A crowded field could line up to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, once a special election is set up to fill his seat following his resignation on Wednesday.

CBS 2–11/21/2012

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Orr To Ask Judge To Adjust Schedule For Special Election To Replace Jackson

Now that Jesse Jackson Jr. has resigned his seat in Congress, Gov. Pat Quinn must set the date for an election to fill the seat. Cook County Clerk David Orr has a plan — and hopes the courts will go along.

CBS Chicago–11/21/2012