Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns

By WEEK Reporter

November 21, 2012 Updated Nov 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill -- Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. handed in his resignation today.

Given the Congressman's mental health problems and a federal investigation, it wasn't unexpected, even though he won re-election earlier this month by a size-able margin.

Jackson's letter of resignation was sent to Speaker John Boehner - citing ongoing health concerns, and acknowledging a federal investigation into his use of campaign funds.

He said: "The constituents of the Second District deserve a full-time legislator in Washington, something I cannot be for the foreseeable future".

In doing so, Jackson ended a 17 year career in Washington.

Shortly after the resignation letter came another, from Jackson's lawyers. Among them, Dan Webb, who defended former Governor Ryan.

The letter acknowledged the FBI investigation, saying: “We hope to negotiate a fair resolution of the matter but the process could take several months".

What's next for Illinois's Second Congressional District? Next week, the Governor will call for a special election.

"I think it's important to have a schedule of elections,” said Gov. Pat Quinn. “Especially now, that's as economical as possible, that's done as quickly and fairly as possible".