67th District Democrat
4:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Jefferson Resigns As Rockford's State Representative

State Representative Chuck Jefferson surprised constituents and political watchers alike by quietly submitting his resignation. The Rockford Democrat has served in the State House since 2001. 

State Representative Chuck Jefferson is flanked by Rockford mayor Larry Morrissey and Governor Pat Quinn in this 2012 photo.
State Representative Chuck Jefferson is flanked by Rockford mayor Larry Morrissey and Governor Pat Quinn in this 2012 photo.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Jefferson submitted a brief resignation letter to the Chief Clerk of the Illinois House Tuesday, with a copy sent along to House Speaker Michael Madigan. He offered no reason for the decision, and it is effective immediately. 

Jefferson didn't face opposition in this fall's election. A panel from the Winnebago County Democratic Central Committee will choose a replacement for Jefferson. That person could run for the 67th district seat in November.

Jefferson is expected to talk about his decision to leave the legislature at a news conference Thursday morning in what is now his former legislative office.