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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) has just resigned

Jesse Jackson Jr. will resign his seat in Congress Wednesday, the Illinois Democrat's brother told the Chicago Tribune. Jonathan Jackson told the newspaper his brother will make the announcement "momentarily" in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. An anonymous source confirmed those plans to the Chicago Sun-Times. News outlets reported Wednesday morning that Jackson had canceled a morning conference call with staff for fear of media eavesdropping. This summer, Jackson abruptly dropped out of the public eye. His staff first reported the congressman, son of Rev. Jesse Jackson, had been on a leave of absence for exhaustion, then indicated his condition was more serious. After pressure from colleagues and others it was revealed Jackson was being treated at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder and other gastrointestinal issues. Jackson left the clinic in September, but returned the following month. He was reportedly at the clinic Nov. 6 when he easily won re-election in his Democratic Chicago-area district. The House Ethics Committee has been investigating Jackson for his alleged connections to the potentially improper process of filling the Senate seat formerly held by Barack Obama.


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