Thursday, February 28, 2013
See how Cook County—which has nearly 25,000 federal employees—compares to the rest of Illinois.
The numbers here show the federal employees in Illinois by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While much has been written on how the current sequestration battle in Washington could affect the national economy, these numbers are meant to give readers a sense of the sequestration at the local level. Cook County has nearly 25,000 federal employees, most of whom work in veterans affairs. The Department of Defense and Department of Human Services employ more than 4,900 people in the county. Roughly 14,000 civilian defense …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The former 2nd District representative may face $250,000 in fines and loss of his federal pension, in addition to jailtime after years of misspent campaign funds.
Former 2nd District Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. may lose an estimated $45,000 in federal pension and could face up to five years in prison, the Chicago Tribune reports. Reports indicate Jackson Jr. intends to plead guilty to spending over $750,000 in personal items—money which he now must pay back along with some of the swag he’s collected over the years. His wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, faces up to three years in prison for filing false tax returns for the past six years. She also plans on pleading guilty, the report says. Both Jackson’s could also each be fined up to $250,000. The outcome of the court’s decision will be based on many factors, some of which help Jackson, such as his ongoing struggle with Bipolar II disorder and…
Friday, February 15, 2013
The former 2nd District Congressman was charged with conspiracy, making false statements and two separate counts of fraud. Jackson used campaign funds to purchase mink cashmere capes and Michael Jackson memorabilia, Sun-Times Media reports.
Ex-2nd District Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. might face up to 57 months in prison after he was criminally charged Friday with spending $750,000 of his campaign funds for personal use, Sun-Times Media reports. To be exact, the defamed former representative was charged with the following, according to the Sun-Times: The Sun-Times also lists the following items as allegedly purchased with misspent campaign dollars: “I can’t comment on any of (those purchases),” Jesse Jackson Sr. told the Sun-Times. “I could not and should not. I don’t know enough about it. We’re close enough to remain prayerful and supportive. But, I don’t know anything about the legal details.” Get the rest of the story by the Sun-Times Media
Friday, February 8, 2013
The former U.S. representative's plea deal will include jail time, according to Sun-Times Media reports.
Former 2nd District Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has signed a plea deal with prosecutors, Sun-Times Media reports. Sources close to the investigation yesterday reported that the deal could include “significant jail time” for the defamed U.S. Representative. Jackson has been subject of a federal investigation since October 2012, for alleged misuse of campaign funds. Reports of Jackson’s misused finances include the purchase of a $40,000 Rolex watch and $5,000 per month to pay his wife’s consulting firm, according to the Sun-Times. Jackson’s wife, Sandi, is also in the crosshairs of a federal probe that spawned from Jackson’s initial investigation. For more, read the Sun-Times Media report.
The former U.S. Representative is facing potentially serious jail time after a federal investigation into alleged misuse of campaign finances.
“Significant jail time,” is included in a potential plea deal for former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., Sun-Times Media reports. Federal authorities began an investigation into Jackson’s alleged misuse of campaign money in October 2012, while Jackson was on a leave of absence for mental disorders. The initial federal probe dovetailed into a second probe into Jackson’s wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson. There is some speculation that Jackson ratted on his wife, the Sun-Times reports. Reports of Jackson’s misused finances include the purchase of a $40,000 Rolex watch and $5,000 per month to pay his wife’s consulting firm, according to the report. For more, read the Sun-Times Media