Dates tentatively set for special election to replace Jackson Jr.

November 26, 2012

AP/Seth Perlman
File photo: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said the special election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has tentatively been set for March 19, but could change.

(Update: 2:30 p.m.)

Illinois lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a plan to hold the special election for former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s House seat on April 9.

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to hold the election to coincide with previously scheduled municipal elections. He said doing so would save money.

Quinn needs approval from either a judge or lawmakers because the April 9 date is outside a 115-day window set by election law.

That law would have required the election for the 2nd congressional district to be held March 19.

A House committee voted 5-0 Tuesday to allow the later election date. The bill now moves to the full House.

Jackson resigned last week citing his health problems and acknowledging that he's under federal investigation, reportedly for misuse of campaign funds.

The primary is set for Feb. 26.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.