Robin Kelly

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

In a move not surprising to many, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Monday was re-elected as the chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party.

Illinois’ Second Congressional District has a voice again. Democrat Robin Kelly easily beat five opponents in the special election to fill former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s U.S. House seat. The district has been without representation since Jackson resigned in November, shortly after winning re-election, in spite of corruption allegations and an extended leave to deal with bipolar depression. 

Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly won the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Junior. Kelly's victory followed a truncated campaign season where she got a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC.