Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Both our former representative and his wife are expected to plead guilty to separate federal charges at their respective court appearances today.
Former 2nd District Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is expected to plead guilty at his 9:30 a.m. court appearance today in what some attorneys are calling the largest case of misused campaign funds in recent time, the Chicago Tribune reports. Read: Jesse Jackson Jr. Charged With Federal Crimes Jackson’s wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, will follow in court at 1:30 p.m. later today. She, too, is expected to plead guilty. Get the rest of the story at the Chicago Tribune’s website Get in on the conversation. Join Patch today.
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 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
Friday, January 11, 2013
The wife of the recently resigned Jesse Jackson Jr. announced her decision to the mayor in a letter on Jan. 11, NBC Chicago reports.
“With a ‘heavy heart’” Alderman Sandi Jackson resigned from office Friday afternoon, NBC Chicago is reporting. As a representative of the people of the 7th Ward, I value the public trust which has been bestowed upon me and take my responsibility to safeguard the interests of my constituents seriously. Likewise, I am unapologetically a wife and a mother and I cannot deny my commitment to those most important personal responsibilities. To that end, after much consideration and while dealing with very painful family health matters I have met with my family and determined that the constituents of the 7th Ward, as well as you Mr. Mayor, and my colleagues in the City Council deserve a partner who can commit all of their energies to the business …
Friday, November 30, 2012
This week on Patch Talk, we get into Homewood's surprise casino announcement and Senator Toi Hutchinson's intent to go after former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s recently vacated seat.
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Monday, November 26, 2012
After losing to former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., former Illinois Rep. Debbie Halvorson has announced her intention to run for the set he has vacated, in a special election planned for the spring.
Former Illinois State Rep. Debbie Halvorson announced her candidacy to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s newly vacant seat, according to the Chicago Tribune. This news comes only months after Halvorson lost to incumbent Jackson for the position in the March 2012 Democratic primary. Halvorson is known for being the first female Illinois state senate majority leader. She also formerly served as an 11th District Representative in state congress. Former Rep. Jackson recently resigned from his position as 2nd District Representative Nov. 21, after winning re-election just a couple weeks prior. Plans for the special election have yet to be determined, but officials are estimating the financial burden of Jackson’s resignation to range…
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 …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Welcome one and all to the special Election Day edition of Patch Talk! Join us as Editors Chris Paicely and Ryan Fitzpatrick give a recap on our entire coverage of Election 2012 thus far.
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For the past several months, you've watched as we followed Jesse Jackson Jr.'s (D) elusive behavior and eventual diagnosis with Bipolar II Disorder—and the responses of opponents Marcus Lewis (I) and Brian Woodworth (R). You've also seen Lewis' critical response to a leaked audio recording of a pastor's phone conversation with Congressman Jackson—and the media. Let's not forget that, among the fray, JJJ has some issues with the FBI looming over his burdened shoulders. Slightly lesser known has been the race of incumbent Toi Hutchinson (D) against opponent Robert "Tuck" Marshall (R) for the 40th District Senate. For several weeks now, Sen. Hutchinson has been blogging her political progress exclusively on Patch. Marshall is coming back from…