Jesse Jackson Jr. to resign: Brother - chicagotribune.comRep. Jesse Jackson resigned from Congress Wednesday, saying in a letter that he is cooperating in a federal investigation "into my activities" but blaming his health problems for his decision to step down just two weeks after his re-election.
Jackson's letter to House Speaker John Boehner was his first acknowledgment of the ongoing corruption probe into his alleged misuse of campaign dollars.
"I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators, and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are my mistakes and mine alone," Jackson said in the two page letter dated Nov. 21. "None of us is immune from our share of shortcomings or human frailties and I pray that I will be remembered for what I did right."
The congressman could not be reached.
He waited until after the election to resign in order to make it more likely a Democrat would be elected (in a special election) to replace him. In the meantime, Gov. Quinn appoints a temporary.
He's been on medical leave since June. Also being investigated by the FBI for using campaign money for his home remodeling. And a congressional ethics investigation.