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  • Oops! Your ‘morning laugh,’ courtesy of Jesse Jackson; Update: Tweet deleted

    01/25/2014 2:54:00 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 1/25/14 | Twitchy Staff & Jesse Jackson
    So much truth. We’re gonna go ahead and file this one from Jesse Jackson under “Inadvertently Honest Tweets”...
  • Ex-Ill. lawmaker elected to succeed Jackson Jr.

    04/09/2013 8:06:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 9, 2013 10:24 PM EDT | Sophia Tareen
    Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly, whose campaign received a $2 million boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, easily captured Tuesday’s special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. The win for the Matteson Democrat was widely expected as the Chicago-area district, which Jackson represented from 1995 until late last year, has been a Democratic stronghold for roughly six decades. Kelly emerged from a crowded field in the February primary by focusing heavily on anti-gun efforts and was helped by ads from Bloomberg’s super PAC. Kelly, 56, vowed to become a leader in the federal fight...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr., wife scrambling to make ends meet (prison for both comes in June)

    03/10/2013 11:03:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 3/01/13 | MICHAEL SNEED
    The Jackson file... Ensconced in the safety of their home in Washington, D.C., former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, are struggling to make ends meet before their sentencing in June. To wit: The shattered couple, who recently pleaded guilty to felonies, could lose their law licenses. They are desperately trying to pay the bills and figure out a financial plan for their two children. Although writing a memoir is on the table if Jackson Jr. can find a publisher (or publish it himself), Sneed is told their major financial support now is Triple J’s...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. charged with misusing $750,000 in campaign funds

    02/15/2013 4:01:13 PM PST · by libstripper · 58 replies
    NBC News ^ | Feb.15, 2013 | Ward Room staff, NBCChicago.com
    Federal officials filed charges Friday against Jesse Jackson Jr. after the former congressman reportedly signed a plea deal for allegedly improperly spending hundreds of thousands in campaign funds. The paperwork was filed at the U.S District Courthouse in Washington. Jackson, who left the public eye last summer for treatment of bi-polar disorder and resigned from office in November, is not expected to make an appearance, but he offered a response in his first statement to the public in months.
  • Ald. Sandi Jackson resigns from Chicago City Council

    01/11/2013 7:20:22 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-11-13 | Hal Dardick, John Byrne, Rick Pearson and Katherine Skiba
    Ald. Sandi Jackson has resigned from the Chicago City Council. The 7th Ward alderman submitted her resignation letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel today. It is effective Tuesday. "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 of the people. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as Alderman of 7th Ward,...
  • Congressmen: Jackson Jr. suffering tremendously (too much toil)

    11/24/2012 6:52:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Congressmen: Jackson Jr. suffering tremendouslyAssociated Press 3:54 p.m. CST, November 24, 2012 **SNIP** After Saturday's service, Davis and Rush said they have not seen Jackson and don't know where he is. But they said they understand why he has not yet spoken publicly about his resignation. "He can't take the pressure," Rush said. Rush said when he and Davis visited with Jackson a few weeks ago, the 47-year-old son of a civil rights icon broke down in tears several times. They said they don't want others to see him that way. "He's suffering under a tremendous, tremendous toil," Rush said....
  • Intelligence Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. secretly returned to work last month, e-mail indicates

    11/17/2012 12:51:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 11/16/12 | Chuck Goudie
    Intelligence Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. secretly returned to work last month, e-mail indicatesChuck Goudie Friday, November 16, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The I-Team has learned that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. secretly returned to work, apparently last month, for a short time. This is the first revelation that Jackson has been well enough to conduct any public business since first being treated for bipolar disorder more than six months ago. A congressman actually doing some work shouldn't be news, but in the case of Jesse Jackson Jr., who has supposedly been too ill to fulfill the duties of his elective office...
  • Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Beset by d=Difficulties, but Election Day isn't One

    11/06/2012 6:26:51 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 21 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | November 2, 2012 | Mark Guarino
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) of Illinois has been absent from Congress since June, citing his health. He's also under investigation by a House ethics panel and, reportedly, the FBI. But he looks poised to sail to reelection, polling shows.
  • Jesse jackson Jr. headed back to Mayo: Chicago Sun-Times

    10/19/2012 12:31:09 AM PDT · by VideoPaul · 44 replies
    TheCchicago Sun-Times ^ | 10/18/2012 | Michael Sneed
    Sneed hears U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is in a world of hurt and heat ­— medically and legally — may be returning to Mayo Clinic for treatment.
  • Where is Jesse Jackson Jr.?

    10/02/2012 6:26:21 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2 Oct 2012 | Claudine Zap
    His name is on the ballot. But Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. hasn't made a campaign appearance since the primary. The Democratic congressman from Chicago is running for re-election for his seat in the House of Representatives, but has been out of sight for the last three months, being treated for bipolar disorder. Campaign advisers told the New York Times, which noted that the campaign's office was locked shut, that the candidate is waiting for the doctor's approval to campaign again. The son of Rev. Jesse Jackson was expected to win the election easily, but the Washington Post reports he is...
  • Despite illness, Rep. Jesse Jackson on track for reelection

    09/30/2012 4:14:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 30, 2012 | Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune
    CHICAGO — Battling mental illness and personal financial troubles, Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is a heavy favorite for reelection Nov. 6 despite a surreal campaign from which he has been absent for almost four months. Jackson, 47, who disclosed this summer that he has bipolar depression and has undergone weeks of hospitalization, is convalescing in Washington and meeting occasionally with aides. He has been absent from the House of Representatives since June 8. Whether he will campaign at all is in question. His reelection bid is being led by his wife, Sandi Jackson, who turned down interview requests....
  • Book: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Offered to Arrange a Blagojevich Pardon from Obama

    09/10/2012 10:03:19 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 17 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 10, 2012 | Natasha Korecki
    Chicago Sun-Times reporter Natasha Korecki followed every step of Blagojevich’s downfall. She details his demise in a new book — Only in Chicago: How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois; Embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Jesse Jackson, Jr.; and Enthralled the Nation. The book raises the question of whether Jesse Jackson Jr., the congressman son of the famed civil rights leader, plotted to arrange a pardon for Blagojevich from President Barack Obama.
  • Mayo Clinic: Rep. Jesse Jackson being treated for bipolar disorder

    08/13/2012 5:12:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 08/13/2012 | Katherine Skiba
    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.is undergoing treatment for bipolar II depression at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., the facility said today. Mayo Clinic said the diagnosis came after extensive evaluation. “Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength,” it said in the statement. The statement added: “Many Americans have bipolar disorder. Bipolar II disorder is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is most likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors. Congressman Jackson underwent bariatric surgery in 2004, specifically a duodenal switch. This type...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder, Mayo Clinic says

    08/13/2012 4:12:30 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012, 6:30 PM | AP
    CHICAGO — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Chicago Democrat who took a hushed medical leave two months ago, is being treated for bipolar disorder, the Mayo Clinic announced Monday. The Rochester, Minn.-based clinic specified his condition as Bipolar II, which is defined as periodic episodes of depression and hypomania. Hypomania is a less serious form of mania. "Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength," the clinic said in a statement...
  • Mayo Clinic: US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. under treatment for bipolar disorder

    08/13/2012 11:49:16 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 31 replies
    san francisco chronicle ^ | 8/13 | San Fran Chronical
    CHICAGO (AP) — Mayo Clinic: US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. under treatment for bipolar disorder.
  • For a Soaring Political Career (Jesse Jackson, Jr.), Uncertain Turns

    07/13/2012 7:09:13 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | July 13, 2012 | MONICA DAVEY
    CHICAGO — A few years ago, the political career of Representative Jesse L. Jackson Jr. was soaring. His appeal had long since crossed race and class lines — a Barack Obama before anyone heard of Barack Obama — and he seemed destined for a political future that could reach higher and wider than that of his father, the civil rights leader and former presidential candidate whose name he shared. But Mr. Jackson’s prospects have tumbled precipitously since the end of 2008. Most recently, Mr. Jackson, 47, has been absent from Congress since June 10, and in the last few weeks...
  • Wife of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. calls his depression debilitating, says he collapsed

    08/04/2012 4:26:16 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 64 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 8/4/12 | AP
    Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is suffering from debilitating depression and even collapsed at his home in Washington two months ago, his wife said in an interview published Saturday that revealed new details about his secretive leave of absence. Sandi Jackson, who is a Chicago City Council member, told the Chicago Sun-Times that contrary to rumors, her husband did not try to kill himself and was not being treated for alcohol or drug addiction. "No, no, none of that is true," she said. The Chicago Democrat and son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson has been off the job...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. being treated for ‘mood disorder,’ his office says

    07/12/2012 3:58:24 AM PDT · by drpix · 25 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Ed O'Keefe and Rosalind S. Helderman
    {Buried last paragraph of article:} He has been under investigation by the House Ethics Committee in recent years over allegations that he improperly raised money for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich (D) in an effort to win appointment to the Senate seat formerly held by President Obama. As part of a corruption investigation, Blagojevich was heard on a tape saying that Raghuveer Nayak, an associate of Jackson, had offered to pay $1.5 million to the governor if the congressman was appointed to the Senate. Nayak was arrested last month on unrelated fraud charges just days after Jackson’s medical leave began....
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. in Mayo Clinic being treated for depression (found him for sure this time)

    07/27/2012 9:11:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27, 2012
    Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., whose whereabouts haven't been disclosed since he mysteriously took a medical leave several weeks ago, is being treated for depression at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., according to a statement Friday from the hospital. Jackson is undergoing an extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and for gastrointestinal issues, according to the statement, which also provided the first details about his medical condition. But it provided no details about where the congressman, the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, had previously been staying. [Snip] The timing of [Jackson's] leave has raised questions, in part because...
  • Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Grappling With 'Physical and Emotional Ailments' (He's institutionalized)

    07/06/2012 3:40:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 61 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 5, 2012 | Amy Bingham
    Nearly two months after taking a leave of absence from Congress, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s congressional office today said he is being treated at an "in-patient medical facility" for an unnamed ailment. "Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time," Jackson's spokesman Frank Watkins said in a statement. "At present, he is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility." Jackson took a leave of absence from his House duties in early June because of "exhaustion." His condition is now "more serious than...
  • Rep. Jackson's condition 'more serious' than thought, getting in-patient treatment

    07/05/2012 9:38:36 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies
    Rep. Jackson's condition 'more serious' than thought, getting in-patient treatment By Daniel Strauss - 07/05/12 11:56 AM ET Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who took a leave of absence from Congress, is suffering from a medical condition more serious than "initially believed," according to a statement from his office. The nine-term lawmaker is receiving "in-patient" treatment for "certain physical and emotional ailments," the statement noted. It did not provide additional details about his illness or how long he would be absent from Capital Hill. "Congressman Jackson's medical condition is more serious than we thought and initially believed," Jackson spokesman Frank...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Speculation Continues to Swirl (Doc: Being treated for 'mood disorder')

    07/11/2012 4:49:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 47 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | Emily Pierce and Shira Toeplitz
    Under pressure to reveal where he is and what his “ailments” may be, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s doctors released a statement Wednesday night saying he is being treated for a “mood disorder.” But the statement is unlikely to dampen the speculation about the Illinois Democrat’s mystery medical ordeal, considering the statement gave few details. The release, sent out by the lawmaker’s spokesman, did not identify his doctor’s name nor the facility at which he is being treated. The statement read: “Information regarding the Congressman’s treatment is protected by federal law under the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and...
  • Mystery Solved: Dem Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. In (Arizona) Rehab For Drugs And Alcohol…

    07/11/2012 3:35:30 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 83 replies
    Weazel Zippers ^ | July 11, 2012
    BREAKING: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: Rep Jesse Jackson Jr is in a rehab facility in AZ suffering from alcoholism and addiction -@JesseRodriguez — HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) July 11, 2012
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. mystery deepens (attempted suicide?)

    07/10/2012 4:51:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | July 10, 2012 | JOHN BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN
    The mystery surrounding Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., deepened on Tuesday as speculation swirled around the Illinois Democrat’s health and political future. Democratic sources say Jackson — who has not been on Capitol Hill since June 10 — may not return to the House until after the August congressional recess. Jackson’s office said in a June 26 statement that the lawmaker was suffering from exhaustion and would take a “medical leave of absence” to receive treatment for the condition. No date has been given for Jackson’s return, and Democratic lawmakers and aides now believe it could last weeks or even...
  • Jackson: I Didn't Know Blago Had a Brother

    12/09/2011 4:41:08 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 4 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Dec. 9, 2011 | BJ Lutz and Dick Johnson
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he didn't know former Gov. Rod Blagojevich had a brother until Blagojevich was indicted, and therefore couldn't have been working with the brother on a backroom deal for Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat. "I have said from the beginning that I publicly and transparently sought [the appointment]," Jackson writes in an op-ed piece published in a few Illinois newspapers this week. "I did nothing illegal, unethical or inappropriate." Still, a Congressional Ethics Committee last week announced it would continue investigating allegations Jackson sent emissaries to offer campaign cash in exchange for the seat, and...
  • Blagojevich wanted ‘good gig’ for Senate appointment, court filing shows [Rezko]

    04/16/2010 1:00:59 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 8 replies · 491+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 14, 2010 | Jeff Coen, John Chase and David Kidwell
    Months after winning the state's highest office, Rod Blagojevich and some of his closest advisers met to discuss how they could turn their political fortune into personal riches, with the new governor listening as Antoin "Tony" Rezko stood at a board and outlined the ideas, prosecutors alleged in a new court filing Wednesday. Rezko, one of the governor's top fundraisers, was the alleged mastermind of some of the plans. Chris Kelly, the Blagojevich confidant who took his own life last fall, sometimes hopped up to add his two cents, prosecutors alleged. Also there was Alonzo "Lon" Monk, then Blagojevich's chief...
  • House ethics panel defers probe on Jesse Jackson Jr.

    09/16/2009 1:24:55 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 19 replies · 1,145+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/16/09 | Staff
    A House ethics panel said it is investigating allegations against three lawmakers, including Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Jackson allegedly launched a "public campaign" to be appointed to President Obama's former Senate seat in Illinois. But the Justice Department asked the panel defer investigating the matter because of a criminal indictment against ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and its investigation into "the facts surrounding Rod Blagojevich's consideration of multiple candidates to fill the Senate seat," the House ethics panel said in its statement. Because of that request, the investigation will be deferred, the statement said, but "the committee will continue to monitor...
  • Report: Jackson backers sought cash for Ill. gov.

    12/12/2008 6:25:53 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 58 replies · 3,397+ views
    Yahoo.News ^ | December 12, 2008 | YahooNews
    ABC News CHICAGO – Businessmen with ties to both Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson discussed raising $1 million for Blagojevich to help persuade him to appoint Jackson to President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, according to a published report. Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Tribune reports in a story for Friday's editions that businessman Raghuveer Nayak and Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi told attendees at an Oct. 31 meeting that they needed to raise the money for the governor to ensure Jackson's appointment. "Raghu said he needed to raise a million for Rod to make sure Jesse...