Though it's only been three days since Jesse Jackson Jr.'s abrupt resignation from Congress, about a dozen potential names have already been floated in numerous media reports on the future of the Chicago Democrat's now-vacated seat.
One potential name -- Sam Adam Jr., former defense attorney for R&B singer R. Kelly and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich -- didn't even wait for Jackson's Wednesday resignation to throw his hypothetical hat into the ring. Reports began to circulate almost two weeks ago that Adam was potentially interested in the seat, were it to become available.
Another seemingly unlikely Jackson successor -- the unpopular former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger -- is also weighing a bid for the seat, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday, the race for which political consultant Delmarie Cobb, formerly Jackson's press secretary, said is "going to be the Wild Wild West."
Toni Preckwinkle, Stroger's successor, is also considered to be another possible candidate for the seat, according to the Associated Press.
(Scroll down to meet some of the individuals rumored to be considering a run to succeed Jackson.)
As of Jackson's Wednesday resignation, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has five days to set the date for a special election to replace the former congressman. The election must be held no later than March 16, within 115 days of Jackson announcing his resignation.
Jackson resigned this week, about two weeks following his reelection in Illinois' 2nd congressional district. The 47-year-old congressman had been away from work since June as he sought treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic, which readmitted him last month.
The congressman is reportedly engaged in ongoing plea negotiations with the feds concerning allegations that Jackson used campaign funds for personal use. In his resignation letter, Jackson publicly acknowledged the investigation for the first time.
The probe is unrelated to an ongoing "pay-to-play" ethics investigation concerning whether Jackson was aware of efforts to raise money for imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for his appointment to the Senate in 2008.
IN: Robin Kelly
In this photo taken Aug. 18, 2010, Robin Kelly, former Illinois state representative and current Cook County Chief Administrative officer, is seen during Democrats Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. On Dec. 2, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/16767105-418/robin-kelly-joins-quest-for-jacksons-seat-quinn-sets-april-9-vote-date.html" target="_hplink">Kelly announced her run for Jackson's seat</a> from a restaurant in suburban Matteson, Ill.
OUT: Toi Hutchinson
In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo Illinois Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, speaks on the Senate floor in Springfield. <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Sen-Toi-Hutchinson-Wants-Jacksons-Seat-180513971.html"> Hutchinson dropped out of the race in February 2013.
OUT: Napoleon Harris
The State Senator-elected and former NFL player -- who also owns two pizza chains -- was formerly <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/22/jesse-jackson-jr-resigned_n_2175593.html">among the special election candidates</a>. He <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/16642530-418/ex-nu-star-in-the-game.html">formally announced his run</a> on Nov. 27. Harris <a href="http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/illinois/chicago/harris-drops-out-of-nd-congressional-district-race/article_a8c5fab0-793a-5ffe-873c-52cdca6a0eda.html" target="_hplink">announced he was dropping out of the race</a> in late January. <em>Pictured:</em> Harris poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Getty Images)
IN: Lenny McAllister
Conservative pundit Lenny McAllister told DNAinfo.com Chicago that <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20121204/chicago/lenny-mcallister-enters-race-replace-jackson-as-only-republican">he is running for Jackson's congressional seat</a>. As of Dec. 5, he will be running unopposed in the Republican primary.
IN: Debbie Halvorson
Debbie Halvorson speaks to supporter as she gives her concession speech March 20 in Homewood, Ill. Halvorson, a former congresswoman who unsuccessfully challenged Jackson in the democratic primary, confirmed on Nov. 25 that <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/16626643-418/former-rep-debbie-halvorson-running-to-replace-jesse-jackson-jr.html">she will give the seat another go</a>.
IN: Mel Reynolds
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 1995 file photo, U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds responds to question in Chicago. Reynolds has scheduled a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Chicago to announce that he is running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress. The Harvard-educated Democrat later also went to prison after being convicted of fraud for concealing debts to obtain bank loans and diverting money intended for voter registration drives into his election campaign. Jackson was first elected to Congress in 1995 in a special election to replace Reynolds. Reynolds said on Nov. 28 <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Mel-Reynolds-Jumping-Into-2nd-District-Race-181180581.html">his new campaign is "far from a joke</a>." (AP Photo/Fred Jewell, File)
IN: Anthony Beale
Chicago <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/16701390-505/ald-anthony-beale-joins-race-for-2nd-congressional-district.html#" target="_hplink">Alderman Anthony Beale jumped into the race on Nov. 29</a> to replace his former political mentor, Jesse Jackson Jr. "I'm the only candidate in this race [who] has created thousands of jobs. ... One project alone has created 3,000 to 4,000 jobs. That's the kind of leadership we need," he said in the Sun-Times.
OUT: Anne Marie Miles
Attorney and community activist Anee Marie Miles announced in a press release on Dec. 3 she would consider running for the 2nd Congressional District seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. However, Miles had not filed by the Feb. 7 deadline. Miles ran unsuccessful bids against fifth ward Alderman Leslie Hairston,<a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/All-The-Hot-Committeemans-Races-139710383.html" target="_hplink"> first in 2011 to unseat the alderman</a>, and again in 2012 in a race for the ward's role of Democratic Committeeman.
OUT: Donne Trotter
Illinois Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, listens to testimony during a Senate Executive committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 30, 2012 in Springfield Ill. Trotter <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20121126/BLOGS02/121129901/whos-in-whos-out-in-race-for-jesse-jackson-jr-s-seat-in-congress">told Crain's he is "in the race</a>" in November and his campaign continued <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=8917342" target="_hplink">despite his arrest on a federal weapons charge</a>. Nevertheless, in late December, Trotter was <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8934735" target="_hplink">ready to drop out of the race</a>. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
OUT: David Miller
Former Illinois Rep. David. Miller argues mass transit funding legislation while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008. Miller's name <a href="http://chicagoheights.patch.com/articles/2nd-congressional-district-special-election-could-cost-millions-of-dollars#youtube_video-12294335">has been floated in multiple media reports</a> on the upcoming special election. As of the Feb. 7 filing deadline, Miller had not officially entered the race.
OUT: Sam Adam Jr.
Sam Adam Jr., one of the former attorneys for ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, listens to testimony to the Illinois house impeachment committee January 8, 2009 in Springfield, Illinois. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/sam-adam-jr-congressional_n_2129165.html">Adam is considering a congressional run</a>. As of the Feb. 7 filing deadline, however, Adams was nowhere to be seen on the ballot.
OUT: Sandi Jackson
In this Feb. 16, 2011 file photo, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, wife of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., is seen in her Chicago office. Jackson <a href="http://atlantablackstar.com/2012/11/23/sandi-jackson-wife-of-rep-jesse-jackson-jr-seen-as-possible-replacement-for-him/">had previously discussed her congressional aspirations</a> and <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20121210/chicago/will-ald-sandi-jackson-run-for-disgraced-husbands-seat-never-say-never" target="_hplink">told DNAinfo Chicago to "never say never</a>" to her taking a stab at the seat for a story published on Dec. 10. Later that day, however, she decided to say never: she proclaimed to the Associated Press that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/12/jesse-jackson-jr-house-race-wife-sandi-jackson_n_2283810.html" target="_hplink">she is not running for Congress</a>.
OUT: Will Burns
Chicago Alderman Will Burns walks in the Bud Billiken Parade. <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/21/race-to-replace-jackson-could-be-wild-wild-west/">Burns was reportedly interested</a> in succeeding Jackson in Congress. "We'll see," he told CBS Chicago. However, Burns <a href="http://hpherald.com/2012/11/30/will-burns-will-not-seek-2nd-district-seat/" target="_hplink">tweeted on Nov. 30</a> he would not seek Jesse Jackson Jr's seat.
OUT: Jonathan Jackson
Rev. Jesse Jackson, left, gets hugs from sons Jonathan, center, and Yusef following his speech at the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 15, 2000, in Los Angeles. Jonathan Jackson is <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/trouble-not-over-jesse-jackson-jr">rumored to be considering a run in the special election</a>, according to the Associated Press. In late November, NBC Chicago handicapped the race, <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Handicapping-the-2nd-District-Special-Election-181403141.html" target="_hplink">speculating the odds of Jonathan Jackson running to be 12-1. </a> However, in a Dec. 18 report on Fox Chicago, <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/20378167/jesse-jackson-jr-brother-not-running-congress">Jackson said he will not be running</a> in the race.
OUT: Toni Preckwinkle
Though Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has consistently denied rumors that she is interested in running for other offices -- most recently, for Illinois governor -- <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2012/1124/Could-a-tea-partyer-replace-Rep.-Jesse-Jackson-Jr.">her name was also being floated as a possible Jackson successor</a>. On Dec. 4, Preckwinkle <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/cook-county-board-president-toni-preckwinkle-illinois-second-congressional--182060081.html">called such rumors "complete and total nonsense</a>."
OUT: Todd Stroger
In this June 28, 2006 file photo, Todd Stroger answers a question at a news conference after a Chicago City Council meeting. <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/16542699-418/todd-stroger-weighs-bid-to-replace-jackson.html">Stroger was interested in Congress</a>, the Sun-Times reported. <strong>UPDATE:</strong> DNAinfo Chicago reports Stroger <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20121126/chicago/state-looks-into-500000-that-disappeared-from-todd-stroger-campaign-fund">is no longer considering a congressional run</a>.
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In this Feb. 20, 2013 file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr leaves federal court in Washington after he entered a guilty plea to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi leave the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, after Jackson entered a guilty plea to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. Sandi also plead guilty to a related tax fraud charge. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. enters U.S. District Court February 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Jackson and his wife, Sandi Jackson, pleaded guilty to federal charges after being accused of spending more than $750,000 in campaign funds to purchase luxury items, memorabilia and other goods. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 photo provided by the office of former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, Kennedy, left, meets with U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Office of Patrick J. Kennedy)
In this April 4, 2012 file photo, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, right, and Rep Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. tour the Ford Motor Company Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
In this March 20, 2012 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. speaks in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
This March 20, 2012 file photo shows Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., his wife Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, and their children Jessica, 12, and Jesse III, 8, thanking supporters at his election night party in Chicago after his Democratic primary win over challenger, former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, in the Illinois' 2nd District. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
This March 9, 2012 file photo shows Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. , D-Ill., and his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, asking each other for their support and votes as they arrive at a polling station for early voting in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
In this Oct. 16, 2011 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., is seen during the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., talks to reporters after attending a Democratic caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
In this Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., right, and his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, greet President Barack Obama at the Ford Motor Company Chicago Assembly Plant. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
In this April 14, 2010 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., center, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)
In this March 21, 2010 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., uses his PDA to photograph demonstrators outside on the U.S. Capitol as the House prepares to vote on health care reform in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
This photo taken March 31, 2009 shows Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jackson is the subject of a preliminary inquiry from a congressional ethics board looking into his attempts to be appointed to the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
In this Monday, Aug. 25, 2008 picture, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson in 2007.
FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2006 file picture, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., speaks at a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., on hand for former President George W. Bush's signing of the Rosa Parks statue bill in 2005.
President Bush picks up 2-year-old Jesse Jackson III after signing a bill authorizing a statue of civil rights leader Rosa Parks be placed in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Cong. Jesse Jackson Jr. is at left. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) is interviewed by U.S. funded Arabic language television station corresspondent Sara Hessenflow at the 2004 Democratic National Convention July 27, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) gets interviewed by a television crew follow a meeting of the Illinois delegation for the Democratic National Convention July 26, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., speaks to attendees of the United Negro College Fund's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Festival at the Minneapolis Convention Center Monday, Jan. 15, 2001. (AP Photo/Adam M. Bettcher)
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., left, "chokes" coach Rep. Martin Olav Sabo, D-Minn. prior to the start of the 37th annual Congressional Baseball game at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, Md. Tuesday June 23, 1998. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Kweisi Mfume, right, greets Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., before the State of the Union Address Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
Two generations of Jacksons and Sununus prepare to debate the issues facing the 105th Congress before the start of CNN's "Crossfire" Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997 in Washington. From left are the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., Rep. John Sununu Jr., R-N.H., and John Sununu. (AP Photo/Tyler Mallory)
Rev. Jesse Jackson hugs his son Jesse Jackson Jr. after being introduced to speak to delegates at the United Center Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr., left, thanks supporters as his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, looks on Tuesday night, Dec. 12, 1995, in Matteson, Ill. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green)
Jesse Jackson Jr. reads to toddlers at Operation Headstart during a campaign appearance in Chicago Heights, Ill., on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1995. (Charles Bennett)
Jesse Jackson Jr., center, receives a kiss from his wife, Sandi, as the returns solidly show Jackson as the winnner in the 2nd Congressional District primary, Tuesday night, Nov. 28, 1995, in Markham, Ill. Jackson's father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, is behind his son at right. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser)
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, center, poses for pictures with sons Jesse Jr., left, and Jonathan, right, after they graduated from North Carolina A&T, May 9, 1988, at the Greensboro Coliseum, and Jackson Sr. gave the commencement address. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
Jesse Jackson Jr., left, son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, shown with film director Spike Lee at a luncheon with the candidate at Sylvia’s restaurant in the Harlem section of New York on April 10, 1988. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)