Jim Hickey Running for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Old Seat

The Orland Fire Protection District’s board president announced Thursday that he will be running for the 2nd Congressional District in the upcoming special election.

The race to replace Jesse Jackson’s Jr. just got another runner.

James Hickey, the Orland Fire Protection District board president who lost to Rep. Bill Foster in the March primary, announced his intention to campaign for the recently-opened 2nd Congressional District seat.

Hickey joins an ever-lengthening list of candidates now including recently re-elected State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, former congresswoman and Hutchinson’s previous boss Debbie Halvorson, former state representative Robin Kelly, former NFL running back Napolean Harris and former congressman Mel Reynolds, who himself resigned from the 2nd district in 1995 after he was convicted of sex crimes.

Several other candidates have entered the race, according to CBS.

“What the 2nd District has lacked for far too many years is a representative who is concerned about the interests of the people,” Hickey said, in a press release. “Instead of ignoring the district’s families and businesses, I will be front and center in their face with my mouth shut and my ears wide open. I want to hear what residents believe needs to be done and I will fight for their rights.”

Hickey wished Jackson “the best,” and said in the release that he would focus on “improving the economy and creating jobs, funding and improving education.”

The new 2nd Congressional District starts at East Hyde Park and the lake shore on the north, the Indiana border on the east, Kankakee in the south and running just west of I-57. The district includes Chicago Heights, Homewood, Flossmoor, Oak Forest and Tinley Park.

The special primary election will be held Feb. 26, and March 19 for the general election.

Look at all of the Illinois congressional, as well as state senate and house, districts on an interactive map.

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Doug December 01, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Lower Black population in those townships? Duh? Do you think?
Ray Blah Blah Blah December 01, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Hickey lives in Lipinski's district
Ray Blah Blah Blah December 01, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Again Hickey is running in a district that has nothing to do with Orland. If he wants out so bad, why doesn't he just move?
James Bond December 06, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Judity F. January 09, 2013 at 06:24 AM
Check out www.voteAnthonyWWilliams.com Compare, then decide. If Debbie was such a tireless worker and cared about our district why hasn't she spoken out on any of the issues affecting us from the time she lost the seat? This goes for the rest of the contenders. I support Anthony W. Williams who does work tirelessly unlike those currently in office, the newly elected and others running. When have they personally advocated for us on any issue? Did they advocate for Rocky when his school insurance capped and the state was about to yank benefits from him: the state stealing from retirees' pensions, closing mental health clinics, hospitals? Yet silence among those who say they will see that we receive justice. I guess not one issue was important enough to anyone except Anthony W. Williams resulting in Clark keeping insurance status, 40k coming forward and retirees receiving refunds. Williams was blocking projects in Englewood, etc. before Gardner. Think how much more he would do once elected! Don't vote for people just because "they have been there, they are there or they say what they will do when they get there. Go by what they have and are doing. Give votes to those who have EARNED them.


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