Robin Kelly to replace Jackson Jr.; sworn into office Thursday

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Former state lawmaker Robin Kelly will be in Washington DC Wedneday to take over for disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Kelly won Tuesday’s special election with 71 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Paul McKinley.

Kelly was joined on stage Tuesday night by Hadiya Pendleton’s parents during her acceptance speech in Matteson as she promised voters she would continue to fight for gun control reform on Capitol Hill.

She vowed to represent voters in the 2nd Congressional District, saying they have been without a voice for too long.

Jackson Jr. served the district for 17 years and was re-elected last November before he resigned in light of a Federal investigation into his use of campaign funds.

In February,  Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to charges of using campaign money for personal use.

His wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, also pleaded guilty to filing false tax forms.

They will be sentenced in June.

Kelly is scheduled to be sworn into office Thursday, after the election results are certified.

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