Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The recently re-elected Congressman is reportedly leaving the Mayo Clinic after several weeks, but a spokesperson from the clinic says he doesn’t know where Jackson is.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has departed from the Mayo clinic, according to the Chicago Tribune. A spokesperson from the clinic reported the information earlier today, but said he’s not sure where Jackson went, reports say. The newly re-elected Congressman has been at Mayo since October. He previously spent several weeks during the summer there, during which he was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. All throughout, Jackson has eluded nearly all media outlets. In addition to his illness, Jackson faces a federal investigation for allegedly misusing his campaign funds and is reportedly in plea deal talks that could involve jail time. After nearly six months on a leave of absence from Congress, it’s uncertain what Jackson’s future plans …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Precinct by precinct, see how many of your neighbors supported the congressman by sending him their vote.
Despite his absence from the district, Jesse Jackson Jr. won 15 out of 19 voting precincts that cover the City of Chicago Heights in Tuesday's election, according to data released Wednesday from the county clerk's office. Jackson won many of the precincts by 200 or more votes, with Republican candidate Brian Woodworth coming in second in most cases. The few exceptions were the polling locations at Greenbriar School, Highland School, Marian Catholic High School and St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where Woodworth beat out Jackson. Lewis' best showing in Chicago Heights was at Bloom Township Hall, where he got more than 100 votes. READ: Election 2012 Results for Local and State Races The following is a break down of voting by Bloom Township …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
A legal advisor to Jackson may have told the congressman not to resign before the election, according to CBS 2 reports.
A fear of losing federal health insurance may have been the determining factor in Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s decision to remain in office, according to a CBS 2 report. Jackson had been considering resigning from the position before the election, but he and his wife were talked out of the idea by a trusted legal adviser, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports. The prospect of losing the health insurance "just when he needed it most" was part of the reason Jackson reconsidered, the legal adviser told Levine. Read more about what Levine learned from Jackson's adviser. Jackson is currently the subject of a criminal investigation regarding his campaign spending and a congressional ethics investigation. Sun-Times columnist Michael …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Unofficial results show the 17-year congressman took the race by a wide margin, even without making an appearance in his district since June.
Jesse Jackson Jr. will remain the 2nd District congressman after defeating his opponents in the general election. Jackson took more than 60 percent of the vote, with more than 60 percent of precincts reporting across Will, Cook, and Kankakee counties, as well as the City of Chicago, around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Jackson's Republican opponent Brian Woodworth was frank when it came to discussing the congressman's absence from the campaign trail. “I don’t really have anyone to concede to, do I?" Woodworth said. “From what I can find in my records, I’ve actually performed better than any Republican in the past against Jackson.“ Woodworth did take major leads in Will and Kankakee counties, leading Jackson by more than 10,000 votes in the latter …
Monday, November 5, 2012
A quick run-down of what issues are most important to the candidates.
A lawyer and college professor from Bourbonnais, Woodworth has trailed far behind incumbent Jesse Jackson Jr. in the polls, but has maintained higher numbers than Republicans typically get in the Second District. Woodworth says he is "not a Washington insider." Here are some of his plans for the Second Congressional District, if elected: To learn more about these plans and more, visit Woodworth's campaign Website, Brian Woodworth: Republican for Congress. A longtime postal worker from Matteson, Lewis has been an active voice on Patch for months, responding articles and drawing attention to his campaign. Of all the candidates, Lewis has been the most openly critical of Jackson, most recently accusing him of secretly campaigning through …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has no plans to celebrate on election night
While he has been absent from his congressional district for several months, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has somehow found time to vote. Jackson voted absentee and has no plans to hold an election-night event, political consultant Kevin Lampe told the Tribune. The congressman is seeking re-election despite a tumultuous year of federal investigations and time-spent at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Jackson has been on medical leave since June 10 and has mostly dodged the public eye all the way through October. Jackson was seen sitting with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy in August and more recently was seen drinking at a bar in Washington D.C. before returning to the Clinic, according to the Tribune. It was reported in August that …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The Chicago Democrat is the subject of two federal investigations and was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder earlier this year.
Will County Republicans called for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Chicago) to resign Friday and quit his re-election bid amid multiple federal investigations. GOP members met outside of the Will County Courthouse on Friday and posed a united challenge to Will County Democratic candidates to withdraw their support of Jackson Jr. The congressman is reportedly under federal investigation for accusations of misusing campaign money to decorate his $1.3 million Washington D.C. home. He's on the ballot in the 2nd Congressional District, which represents parts of Chicago and suburban Cook County including Chicago Heights, Flossmoor and Homewood. In newly redrawn maps, the 2nd District extended south past Kankakee. VOTE: Should Jesse Jackson Jr…
Saturday, October 20, 2012
With everything going on in Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s life, does he really have the time, energy or fortitude to make national legislative decisions?
Monday, September 17, 2012
We've had enough of the election year run around. Post a question and we'll seek an answer. We're planning to ask the 2nd District candidates questions from their potential constituents.
Friday, September 7, 2012
The congressman's chief of staff confirmed Jackson is home with his family.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is home with his family nearly three months into his medical leave of absence, according to his Chief of Staff. "He's home with his wife and children and he's convalescing," Rick Bryant told the Chicago Tribune Friday. Jackson had been at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for several weeks and was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder, according to clinic staff. The U.S. representative's return comes just at the end of a five-week summer recess for Congress, and Bryant said he's hoping Jackson will be back in action as early as Monday. Bryant also said Jackson had made plans to drive from Minnesota to his home in Washington D.C., but did not confirm whether the congressman did so upon checking out of the clinic. Sign…