Ex-Illinois lawmaker wins nomination for Jackson's House seat
CHICAGO — Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination on Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., after a truncated campaign season in which she got a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC.
The nomination all but assures that Kelly will sail through the April 9 general election and head to Washington, because the Chicago-area district is overwhelmingly Democratic.
From a crowded field, Kelly emerged early as a leader on gun control — a central issue during the race. Bloomberg's super PAC, Independence USA, poured more than $2 million into the race by airing anti-gun ads in her favor and against another Democratic front runner, former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson.
Kelly, a former state representative from Matteson, a south Chicago suburb, favors an assault weapons ban. Halvorson, who unsuccessfully challenged Jackson in a primary last year, is against such a ban.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- New York father kils 3 generations of family, himself
- Marine Corps’ general outlines priorities, vision
- Snowstorm crawls up coast, hitting New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, parts of Pennsylvania
- Sea otter conceived in wild born in California research center
- Gunfire kills 3 at party in vacant house in Omaha
- Educator in California pleads guilty to sexual abuse of children
- High-value detainees allowed family calls
- Wind knocks out power in Los Angeles
- Police search finds no bombs on planes at Atlanta airport
- Massive asteroid will fly by Earth late Monday
- Boy, 13, arrested in fatal stabbing at David Wark Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles