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U.S. Rep. Jesse JacksJr.

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Updated: December 9, 2012 7:29PM

It was nice of Gov. Mitt Romney to give a graceful concession speech, given the closeness of the race. But I think he could have done more to urge Americans, and especially his own party members, to move away from the rancor of the past four years. It is not too late for him and others to demonstrate their capacity for leadership as participants in the healing process.

Phil Ware, South Holland

Corrupt to the core

I would like to personally thank all the voters of the 2nd Congressional District for overwhelmingly re-electing Jesse Jackson Jr., thus continuing a long and proud tradition of political corruption in The Land of Lincoln. Now, when Congressman Jackson steps down or, more likely, is indicted, you’ve enabled Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan and Gov. Pat Quinn to name his successor. Job well done.

Bill Finnegan,


How did this happen?

The same people who voted for Jesse Jackson Jr. (a no-show in Congress who is under federal investigation) and State Rep. Derrick Smith (under federal indictment) also helped to usher Barack Obama into office for a second term. It is said that people get the government they deserve. What did I do to deserve this?

Diane Baia,

Near North Side

Flurry of campaign spending fails

When the smoke of this year’s election clears, perhaps there will be one thing we can all agree on: The almost exclusively negative advertising barrage, made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on election spending, did nothing to clarify any candidate’s message. The ads only threw mud. Imagine those billions of dollars being available for Sandy relief?

Phil Gant, Near North Side

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