Gov. Pat Quinn, long hesitant to call for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson's resignation, extended sympathy toward the South Shore Democrat and promised a fair, prompt election to replace him.
Here is Quinn's statement on the congressman's resignation:
"Today I was informed of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s resignation as congressman for the 2nd District of the state of Illinois.
"Within five days, I will set forth a schedule for a special election to allow the people of the 2nd District to choose a new member of Congress to represent them in Washington.
"This election will be carried out in a manner that is fair to the electorate and as economical as possible for taxpayers.
"We know that Congressman Jackson is confronting health challenges, and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time."