‘‘People want to close this door to unethical behavior,’’ she said. ‘‘We've had enough. This district has been plagued for far too long.’’
The third front-runner, Anthony Beale, a Chicago alderman whose ward overlaps with the district, said the fact that neither Reynolds nor Jackson held public office before Congress was likely a factor in their ethical problems.
‘‘They were not homegrown to know what the district needs,’’ Beale said.
Savage was defeated by Reynolds after the House Ethics Committee determined he made improper sexual advances to a female volunteer. Then Reynolds was convicted in the sex case and sent to prison. Later, while still behind bars, he was convicted of federal wire and bank fraud charges. President Bill Clinton commuted his sentence in 2001.
The district’s history has fueled cynicism among some voters.
Grocery store worker Pnakara Nealy, 32, of Calumet Park, supported Jackson in the past, but now she’s disillusioned with politics.
‘‘He’s not the only one doing it,’’ she said of Jackson. ‘‘He just got caught.’’
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