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April 25, 2014

Illinois: Beale Joins Special Election for Jackson Seat

Alderman Anthony Beale has filed paperwork to run in the special election for former Democratic Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr.’s 2nd District seat on Chicago’s South Side.

The Democrat’s campaign announced that he “officially formed a political committee” late Monday with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Beale marks the second Democrat to officially jump into the race, following former Rep. Debbie Halvorson’s Monday morning announcement. The district is heavily Democratic, and the winner of the primary will serve in Congress in all likelihood.

Jackson announced his departure from Congress last week. His resignation was reportedly part of a plea deal with federal investigators for allegedly spending his campaign funds on personal purchases.

The special election primary is scheduled for Feb. 26.

Tuesday’s Roll Call includes a rundown of all of the potential and announced candidates for the special election.

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