Jesse Jackson Jr. to Keep 2nd District Seat

Unofficial results show the 17-year congressman took the race by a wide margin, even without making an appearance in his district since June.

Jesse Jackson Jr. will remain the 2nd District congressman after defeating his opponents in the general election.

Jackson took more than 60 percent of the vote, with more than 60 percent of precincts reporting across Will, Cook, and Kankakee counties, as well as the City of Chicago, around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Jackson's Republican opponent Brian Woodworth was frank when it came to discussing the congressman's absence from the campaign trail.  

“I don’t really have anyone to concede to, do I?" Woodworth said. “From what I can find in my records, I’ve actually performed better than any Republican in the past against Jackson.“

Woodworth did take major leads in Will and Kankakee counties, leading Jackson by more than 10,000 votes in the latter before all precincts were reported.

“People in Kankakee and Will (counties) do not want Chicago politics down here," Woodworth said. "It’s something the Democrats need to keep in mind two years from now when there’s a governor race to run. Will and Kankakee don’t like being grouped in with Chicago politics.

Jackson's independent opponent Marcus Lewis was happy to have nabbed nearly 30,000 votes with more than 60 percent of precincts reporting.

“To get this far with next to no money is incredible," Lewis said. “Not to have it is the painful part."

Lewis had a sharper tongue when it came to Jackson and his supporters.

"The man is corrupt," Lewis said. "Anybody that voted for him is as corrupt because you do not care about your district. You only care about making sure the status quo remains in place. I did my part.”

Jackson took a medical leave of absence in June and has been absent from office ever since. It was announced that he had entered the Mayo clinic and was being treated for Bipolar II disorder in August. Jackson was released in September, but later returned to the clinic in October.

Jackson is currently the subject of two federal-level investigations, one of which is a criminal investigation into his campaign spending. 

There is no timetable for the congressman's return to office. 

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Joe Lake November 08, 2012 at 10:39 PM
JJJr is done. Stick a fork in him. Joe Lake, Chicago
Joe Lake November 08, 2012 at 10:40 PM
JJJr is done, stick a fork in him. Joe Lake, Chicago
Juvenal November 08, 2012 at 11:27 PM
CB JJJ does not have a "job" he holds a public office. If the Congress has no rules preventing this and the people actually vote him in he is doing nothing illegal (in this case, at least) by staying on the ballot, but taking taxpayer money and giving nothing in return is, basically, stealing. God might forgive him, but this arrogant SOB seems unlikely to ask for forgiveness. You, on the other hand, may have the legal right to vote, but you are clearly so incapable of rational thought that it would be best if you did not exercise it. Our constitution presupposed that voters would have some awareness of reality and sense of civic engagement, and the reelection of JJJ proves that is no longer true here....
AUSPICIOUS ! November 09, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Juvenal he still has the right to be sick. your constant name calling, show your intellect level you don't deserve more than 3 lines from me y don't you go back over to dupage county where you live Juvenal Thank you
AUSPICIOUS ! November 09, 2012 at 12:25 AM
No i amnot ignorant Todd , but what are others who call others ignorant ?......... in the USA innocent until proven guilty... you have that right, i have that right and so does JJJ I donot JUdge and you don't have the power too either
AUSPICIOUS ! November 09, 2012 at 12:29 AM
@ Juvenal or is it Juvenile... all your bullying tactics and name calling you use over in dupage county go back there with that mess Stop accusing people, you , I and no one knows what has really happened I am done with you juvenile, your not worthy of any further response..
AUSPICIOUS ! November 09, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Since you all think you know so much, have you read this? CHICAGO (CBS) – CBS 2 has learned U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. planned to step down weeks ago, ostensibly for mental health reasons, but a legal source said he talked Jackson and his wife, Sandi, out of that decision to resign before the election. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the source — a trusted legal adviser who was involved in those discussions — said part of the reason Jackson reconsidered stepping down was the prospect of losing his federal health insurance just when he needed it most.
AUSPICIOUS ! November 09, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I am an adult who doesnot result to name calling to Anyone look at yourselves, you should be ashame of yourselves Embrace Grace and faith into your lives you will be happier and live longer Peace...
BUTCH November 09, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I was there when MEL was invented as a RHODES SCHOLAR and became a congressman and set up by the same evil conspiracy to be replaced by JJJ who has done absolutely nada but collect a check and receive the best Health care tax payers money can by which if he were to be a advocate for single payer and mental illness and keep and expand HOWE he would be worth the 17 years of being on the DOLE.
BUTCH November 09, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Auspicious how far back do u go with the JACKSON flim flam machine? MY KIND walked the walk when the story and creation of of JJJ and the destruction by the same forces that destroyed the political fortunes of 2 other Illinois congressman for daring not talking and walking the ZIONIST tune, if u are a preacher save it for THE DRIVE BY VICTIMS of the store fronts on 79th street being on the front lines of the phony wars for drugs-terror and the ZIONIST STATE which is one of the reasons that Obama not TWIT is POTUS, THANK U FACEBOOK!
Marcus Lewis November 10, 2012 at 06:39 AM
I was right. I told the truth. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/former-u-s-prosecutor-negotiating-plea-deal-for-jackson-jr/
Marcus Lewis November 10, 2012 at 06:41 AM
I was right. I told the truth. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/former-u-s-prosecutor-negotiating-plea-deal-for-jackson-jr/
Dinkum November 10, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Sure, I read it. A "legal source"? "Talked him out of it"? Maybe that was Blagojevich. So was he bi-polar before or after he spent $276K on "transaction fees" and continued to pay his wife for while he was at Mayo? Did you read that A?
Doug November 10, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Nice try CB
BUTCH November 10, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Marcus u and I were right on the problem is we are not the RIGHT KIND!
Juvenal November 11, 2012 at 12:52 AM
<<he still has the right to be sick.>> Well, the reason he is sick is because he is having a mental breakdown caused by his own hubris, ambition, and illegal actions. MacBeth has nothing on JJJ, and I seriously doubt his own Lady MacBeth deserves a seat in Congress; it's bad enough she collects a patycheck from the City of Chicago while raiseing her family in DC. DuPage County? Really auspicious since you are obviously so widely read I would have assumed you know I am a Roman citizen..... sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Marcus Lewis November 12, 2012 at 01:15 PM
38733 knew better. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
Anthony Williams November 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Message to 2nd District Citizens - Once Elected First, our prayers go out to Cong. Jackson and family. Regardless of past events, let him who is without sin pass the first stone. Unlike most I have advocated 4 most of my life. As Congressman Elect, I will conduct Town Hall meetings n each community 2 be advised of concerns. We will prioritize once tour ends by meeting with community reps as a unit duly inclusive of our district. Staff will review & bring information to resolve issues. Those concerns that can be remedied expeditiously, will be. Transparency and a means of check and balance is in place. The congressional seat is yours & will be treated as such. When I know, you will know. When votes arrise, you will know the details, comment & determine whether I vote, "Yes" or "No". Because I have always made myself available to the community at-large, I am very clear regarding what I hope will be my role as our future representative. For complete details and my history, please visit our website www.voteanthonywwilliams.com. Click "Agenda" I will be on the ballot. I am looking for you to share your advice/comments and for your individual and collective approval. I ask for your prayers and votes during the special election, and I look forward to growth, prosperity and a lot less violence in our communities and district. Respectfully submitted, Anthony W. Williams
BUTCH November 14, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Sam Adam a leading defense Atty is mulling over a run at replacing JJJ, outwardly for the first time in decades the district will have a voice in the peoples house, we can't be this lucky representation and a brain and why not imagine 17 weeks vacation with pay and this clown can't go to work,174,000 salary million dollars in office and expenses, junkets, CADILLAC HEALTH CARE a pension wow! This clown sent a INDIAN to BLAGO TO buy a bigger seat in the Senate 6 years imagine that! So much for the pented up outrage the only people complying about this clown were the three or four ministers wanting to replace him yeah! This district 's problem is they think JJJ is royalty the rest have have severe memory issues propably because they too have mental issues, his record is not even dismal it is pathetic so if Sam Adam jumps in pray we have a lot of prostelyzers and nothing else in the district.
Juvenal November 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Butch I pray you are wrong about Sam Adam. The last thing we need is another fast-talking, not-that-bright huckster in this role. His schtick might work on the Jury pool at 26th & Cal but won't get much done in the Halls of Congress....
BUTCH November 14, 2012 at 05:38 PM
good points maybe JJJ should hire him instead
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. November 14, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Juvenal, I seldom disagree with you. This will be one of those times. Sam Adams may indeed be exactly what the 2nd District needs. He is very intelligent, I believe he would be a very difficult person to unseat if he won. I am in awe of what he has done in every high profile case he has had. What puzzles me is his interest in it. From all we can tell he has a very profitable law practice. Why would he want to work with the people he normally defends?
Marcus Lewis November 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Hello 2nd District, and a special greeting to the 38,733 that voted for me, I thank you. The phrase for the day is: "GET SMART" VOTE FOR MARCUS LEWIS FOR CONGRESS APRIL 9TH, 2013 www.marcuslewisforcongress2012.org Vote for Marcus Lewis for US Congress, Illinois 2nd Congressional District 2012 www.marcuslewisforcongress2012.org This web page supports Marcus Lewis for US Congress 2012, Illinois 2nd Congressional District
BUTCH November 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM
maybe Sandi will need Sam if Jr does not
NotBuyingIt November 14, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Forget it Marcus... You don't have a chance in hell... You are wholly unqualified to represent even yourself let alone the 2nd district. You garnered 13% of the vote in the election. The people that voted for you had NO idea who you really are and clearly only voted for you because your name was not JJJ... You are a self-absorbed charlatan who is running to line your pockets with taxpayer dollars. You have shown yourself to be a petty, small-minded buffoon and not worthy of holding public office anytime anywhere.
BUTCH November 15, 2012 at 04:38 AM
That has not stopped the second district's voters in the past charlatans and buffoons were skillfully put together to appear normal by the Bloom GOP political powerhouse of the day who came out in force and took Dem ballots in the primary that overwhelmed the meager organization of the sitting congressman who was a real maverick who did not take orders and a tool of the Banksters who had yet been corp are people too but demanded the congressman who was also a publisher who told a lot of interesting stories on the role of AIPAC (American ISRAEL POLIT ACTION CMTE) and other Zionists interference in our government so it was obvious he had to go like 2 previous members of congress from Illinois a Dem and GOP Senator all 3 were unlike most of the potted plants in Congress the conspiracy was set in motion with a charlatan whose resume and education was as phony as JJJ a well spoken buffoon who was set up to fail and replaced by the current charlatan and buffoon it is part of the tradition of the DEMOPUB politics of Illinois consider this why does the state of Illinois invest it's revenue in Israel while the local banks who provide the loans and investments are unable to meet the need for infrastructure or development and add to the neglect of the entire state but especially the second district that has a AWOL MIA sick and unfit congressman his defenders Rush and Davis are happy on the situation they get the crumbs that would have been given to the 2nd district!
Ron Jeremy November 15, 2012 at 06:29 AM
2nd District: Stop paying your taxes because you have no representation. taxation without representation = bad.
BUTCH November 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Right on Jeremy we need a rep who will vote for the Ryan austerity budget which means a cut in teachers, police, firefighters public works and any services that Seniors women and children receive in return the empty schools hospitals and store front churches can be turned into enterprise zones where BAIN investors can put razor wire enclosed factory's up to keep the millions of potential slaves out and turn the newly drawn and largely Ag 2nd district into a GENETIC ENGINEERED LAB for MONSANTO and the rest of the big AG CARGILL-ADM etc, it was a win-win situation when JJJ was the candidate of the heavy hitters, how many people remember when he and Sr rang the ceremonial bell on Wall street just before the crash in 08, who says there is no god! For the banksters and their big biz allies without him there would have been no redrawn 2nd district or airport where no one will come or be built.where the biggest experiments in Genetics and GE foods will take place in a good chunk of the breadbasket these are not random political or economic acts just like the so called controlled burns in the forest preserves where the heavy metals from the MILLS in So Chgo and Ind were DUMPED during WWII on farmland that after the creation of EPA by the NIXON administration were donated to the CCFPD who buried the slag heaps and turned them into woods.
BUTCH November 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
What the 2nd dist needs is a qualified and distinguished rep like John McCain who dumped his wife as soon as he was sprung from the Hanoi Hilton in true GOP fashion like the former GOP spkr Newt who did it to his wife while she was on her death bed, McSLIME who would have had SARA PALIN a heart beat away from the NUKE codes, TParty favorite like Akin, Murdock and DEAD BEAT DAD Joe Walsh are the new models for government that the GOP CHRISTIAN CHARLATANS would have us select for our rep in the peoples house!
Jordon Mathew December 31, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Firstly thanks to Jesse Jackson Jr. for giving me different news about keep my home, so please share this type of information time to time. http://www.foreclosureattacker.com/


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