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Dates Set in Special Election for Jackson's Seat

Illinois will delay until April 9 the general election in the special to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., who resigned from Congress last week.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced tentative dates earlier this week, setting the primary for February 26, and the general election for March 19. Local elections are already being held on February 26 and April 9, and Quinn said he would work with the General Assembly to change the general date to April 9 to save money (he needed their approval to change the date, as the election was supposed to be within 115 days of the vacancy).

The state House approved the new date Wedesday, and the state Senate approved it Thursday, Reuters reports.

Several Democrats have already announced bids for the seat -- see the latest list of announced contenders here.

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