Jesse Jackson Jr. has been out of Congress for months while dealing with bipolar disorder. (Photo By Flickr user chicagopublicmedia)
WASHINGTON - A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says he has received letter of resignation from Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel says the Speaker's office received a letter of resignation from Jackson. Boehner's office did not immediately comment beyond acknowledging they'd received the letter.
The Chicago Democrat was easily re-elected earlier this month to a ninth term despite not having appeared in public since quietly taking medical leave in June for treatment of bipolar disorder.
The House Ethics Committee has been looking into whether Jackson was involved in discussions about raising money for imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign in exchange for an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.
There also have been reports of a federal investigation into possible misuse of campaign money.
Election officials in Cook County say they may seek court permission to schedule a special election to fill Jackson Jr.'s congressional seat sooner rather than later.
Meanwhile, Gov. Pat Quinn posited a timeline for a special election Wednesday.
"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," he said in a statement.