SPRINGFIELD-The Illinois Senate voted unanimously to allow for an April 9 election to replace resigned U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., sending the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he'll sign it.
The date coincides with local municipal elections, which supporters of the legislation said would save money in the selection of a new congressman or woman for the 2nd Congressional District.
Earlier this week, Quinn set March 19 as the date of a general election for that congressional seat but noted state law barred him from picking the April 9 date. It fell outside a 115-day legal window from when the governor set the special election.
Thursday's Senate vote was 53-0.