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Gov: March 19 special election for Jesse Jackson's seat

8:16 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says the special election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has tentatively been set for March 19, but that could change.

On Monday Quinn announced a Feb. 26 primary election followed by the general election weeks later. However, Quinn says he's going to try to get approval for an April 9 general election, which is the same day as other municipal elections.

The Chicago Democrat says that'll save money.

Quinn needs approval from either a judge or lawmakers because the April 9 date is outside a 115-day window set by election law.

Quinn says he'll take the matter before lawmakers who meet this week.

Jackson resigned last week citing his health problems and acknowledging that he's under federal investigation, reportedly for misuse of campaign funds.

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