Election officials plan to ask a judge to waive the standard time frame and allow a special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. to occur at the same time as already-planned suburban elections. Cook County Clerk David Orr said he and his counterparts in Chicago, and Will and Kankakee counties — the four areas included in the 2nd Congressional District — want the special election held April 9, along with a primary on Feb. 26. The suburban areas all have elections already scheduled for those dates.
By law, Gov. Pat Quinn has five days to schedule the election, which would have to be held within 115 days of Jackson’s resignation Wednesday. That would place the election no later than March 16.
“This election will be carried out in a manner that is fair to the electorate and as economical as possible for taxpayers,” Quinn said in a statement Wednesday.