More than 100 days ago, on June 10, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. began a medical leave of absence. He has not disclosed when he may be able to resume his official duties.
A month from Saturday, on Oct. 22, Illinoisans commence early voting for the Nov. 6 general election. Some jurisdictions have completed preparation of ballot materials for overseas military and civilian voters.
When we last wrote about Congressman Jackson, six weeks ago, we congratulated this state’s citizens for keeping a respectful distance while the tincture of time carries him toward recovery. We said we trust that the people of Illinois will continue to exhibit their patience with this patient and with another sidelined official, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, as they recuperate.
Kirk needn’t stand for re-election until 2016. But the residents of Jackson’s newly drawn congressional district very soon must choose him or one of two opponents to represent their interests in the United States House.