February 24, 2013 |
CHICAGO - They elected a Harvard-educated Rhodes Scholar and ended up with a congressman convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker. They voted for the son of a famous civil rights leader and got someone who illegally spent campaign money on everything from furniture to Bruce Lee memorabilia. Call it Chicago corruption at its worst or uncanny coincidence, but residents of Illinois' Second Congressional District haven't been represented in Congress in more than three decades by someone who didn't end up in serious ethical or legal trouble.
February 22, 2013
WHY WOULD a couple risk so much - respect and even freedom - for furs, furniture and a fedora? This was the question that came to my mind when I read the federal charges against Jesse L. Jackson Jr., the former congressman from Illinois. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to misusing about $750,000 in private campaign funds. Jackson's wife, Sandra Stevens Jackson, who resigned her seat on Chicago City Council, reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office to plead guilty to one count of tax fraud.
February 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., holding back tears, entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. He faces 46 to 57 months in prison, and a fine of $10,000 to $100,000, under a plea deal with prosecutors. A few hours later, his wife, Sandra Jackson, pleaded guilty to filing false joint federal income tax returns that knowingly understated the income the couple received.
November 23, 2012 |
CHICAGO - The jockeying to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. began before the ink was dry on the former congressman's resignation letter. Among those expressing an interest: Chicago aldermen, a former NFL linebacker, and a defense attorney who represented R&B singer R. Kelly and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But as the field of would-be successors grows to a dozen or more names - one of whom may be another member of the Jackson family - party leaders and political analysts say a stampede of candidates could pose risks for the Democratic stronghold.
October 22, 2012 |
CHICAGO - U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who has given no hint of when he'll return to work four months after taking medical leave, will head back to the Mayo Clinic for a checkup "soon," his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, said Sunday. The Democratic congressman from Illinois was released from the Rochester, Minn., clinic in September after seeking treatment for bipolar disorder and gastrointestinal issues. He has been with his family in Washington since, but has not appeared in public, campaigned beyond a recent robocall or said when he'll return to Capitol Hill.
July 30, 2012 |
CHICAGO - The Rev. Jesse Jackson said there is "no timetable" as his son, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., recovers from depression and gastrointestinal issues at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The elder Jackson spoke to reporters Saturday outside a downtown Chicago movie theater. The civil rights leader was with protesters in support of a ban on assault weapons. "There is no timetable on his recovery," Jackson said. "We hope he will fully recover. " Jackson, 47, a Chicago Democrat, has been on a secretive leave of absence for nearly seven weeks.
July 29, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s transfer to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota could indicate a complicating physical illness arose during the his treatment for depression, several experts in psychiatric care said Saturday. The Chicago Democrat has been on a secretive leave of absence for nearly seven weeks, during which his office has released only occasional snippets of information, including that he was undergoing treatment for a "mood disorder" at an undisclosed location. On Friday, the Mayo Clinic distributed a statement from the congressman that said he had been transferred there for "extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues.
March 31, 2012 |
The misty, gray Saturday chill was not enough to keep a group of about 40 Gloucester County residents from donning hoodies and expressing their support for the family of Trayvon Martin. The controversy surrounding the killing of the black Florida teenager by white resident George Zimmerman in February has been a divisive issue throughout the country, but Clayton resident Jesse Jackson wanted to show how small towns could make an impact. "We're a very diverse small town and it affected all of us," Jackson said.
December 4, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee said Friday it would continue investigating allegations that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D., Ill.) or someone acting on his behalf offered to raise campaign cash for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for a Senate appointment in 2008. The committee also released an initial report from the Office of Congressional Ethics that said there was "probable cause" to believe Jackson either directed a third party or had knowledge of a third party's effort to persuade the since-convicted Blagojevich to appoint Jackson to the seat vacated by Barack Obama in exchange for campaign cash.
December 3, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee said Friday that it would continue investigating allegations that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D., Ill.) or someone acting on his behalf offered to raise campaign cash for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for a Senate appointment in 2008. The committee also released an initial report from the Office of Congressional Ethics that said there was "probable cause" to believe that Jackson either directed a third party or had knowledge of a third party's effort to persuade the since-convicted Blagojevich to appoint Jackson to the seat vacated by Barack Obama in exchange for campaign cash.