Reuters has reported that Jackson’s intentions are subject of a letter to House Speaker John Boehner.
In addition, Jackson’s brother Jonathan Jackson confirmed the report to the Chicago Tribune by telephone.
The congressman could not be reached for confirmation.
Boehner’s office also could not be immediately reached for comment.
An investigation into an alleged misuse of campaign funds is reportedly the reason behind Jackson’s resignation. According to CBS News Jackson’s legal team has negotiating a plea agreement that would result in his stepping down and doing time.
However, Jackson’s silence make these reports difficult to confirm.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said, “The situation has reached the point where he needs to come out and publicly speak, and answer some basic questions about what he’s been through.”
A number of those who’ve seen and spoken with Jackson have told CBS News that the congressman is not even close to being ready to handle questions.
Therefore, it’s hard to know whether or not the resignation is part of a plea agreement.
However, the departure from Congress of a man who was seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party seems inevitable.
Reuters, CBS News, and Guardian Express contributed to this report.