Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress Wednesday, ending a lengthy controversy regarding the congressman's absence that did not abate his winning the Illinois' 2nd Congressional District this past election.
Defying opinion polls that depicted a neck-and-neck contest, Democrat Bill Foster easily defeats Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert in the 11th Congressional District. With nearly all precincts reporting, Foster has almost 58 percent of the vote; Biggert has 42 percent.
President Obama will give his third State of the Union address Tuesday night. Job growth remains sluggish, the middle class is on the ropes, Congress appeared dysfunctional and 2012 is an election year.