In Chicago election dominated by gun violence, New York's mayor makes big imprint
February 26th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

In Chicago election dominated by gun violence, New York's mayor makes big imprint

(CNN) - Gun control is front and center in the first congressional special election of 2013, a Chicago contest that's also feeling the heavy involvement of New York City's mayor, who's spent more than $2 million on the race.

Tuesday's primary election is the first step in filling the vacant seat in Illinois' second congressional district, which until recently was held by Democrat Jesse Jackson, Jr., who pleaded guilty in federal court last week to using campaign funds for personal use.
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Filed under: Congress • Illinois
Feds lay out funds misuse case against Jesse Jackson Jr.
February 15th, 2013
04:27 PM ET
1 year ago

Feds lay out funds misuse case against Jesse Jackson Jr.

Washington (CNN) – Federal prosecutors Friday filed felony charges against former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., alleging the illegal misuse of about $750,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses and gifts.

The formal charges of conspiracy, making false statements, and mail and wire fraud, were made public in federal court only days after Jackson had signed a plea deal with prosecutors who were investigating potential financial improprieties.

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Filed under: Congress • Illinois • Jesse Jackson Jr.
Obama: Overcoming poverty and violence hard, but can be done
February 15th, 2013
02:36 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama: Overcoming poverty and violence hard, but can be done

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Friday that children from communities wracked by poverty and violence need help from the government, schools, family and clergy to have a chance to climb "ladders of opportunity" to reach the middle class and beyond.

Speaking at a Chicago high school near where he used to live, Obama cited gun violence that killed 443 people in the city last year as one reason why children need community wide support to help them believe they can improve their lives through education and hard work.

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Filed under: Illinois • President Obama
Bloomberg group spends big against Democratic House candidate
February 11th, 2013
10:05 AM ET
1 year ago

Bloomberg group spends big against Democratic House candidate

(CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to politics and gun legislation.

His super PAC, Independence USA, is dropping more than $1 million in advertisement money against a Democratic candidate running in a special election to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Chicago.
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Filed under: Ads • Illinois • Michael Bloomberg
February 7th, 2013
02:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Michelle Obama to attend funeral for slain teen in Chicago

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama will attend a funeral service on Saturday for Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago 15-year-old gunned down last week in a park, a White House official said Thursday.

An honor student and band majorette at Kings College Prep School, Pendleton was killed one week after performing in the festivities for President Barack Obama's inauguration.
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Filed under: Arne Duncan • Gun control • Gun rights • Illinois • Inauguration • Michelle Obama • Valerie Jarrett
Wife of former Rep. Jackson Jr. resigns from Chicago City Council
January 11th, 2013
05:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Wife of former Rep. Jackson Jr. resigns from Chicago City Council

(CNN) - The wife of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who stepped down amid health concerns and investigations into financial improprieties, is also resigning her seat in government.

Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson is stepping down from the City Council on January 15, she said in a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday. She has held the seat since 2007.
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Filed under: Illinois • Jesse Jackson Jr. • Rahm Emanuel
Sen. Mark Kirk planning dramatic return to Capitol after stroke
January 2nd, 2013
03:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Sen. Mark Kirk planning dramatic return to Capitol after stroke

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) will make a triumphant return to the Senate Thursday, following a year's recuperation from a stroke.

The senator's office said Kirk, 53, plans to climb up the steps of the Capitol building– a new milestone for a man who participated in intensive walking studies as part of his physical therapy.
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Filed under: Illinois • Mark Kirk • Senate
Illinois House candidate withdraws after gun charges
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is stepping down from his seat in the U.S. House.
December 29th, 2012
02:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Illinois House candidate withdraws after gun charges

(CNN) - Illinois state Sen. Donne Trotter, who was considered by some the frontrunner in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., dropped out Saturday, almost three weeks after prosecutors say he attempted to bring a gun through an airport security checkpoint.

"Today, I formally announce my intention to end my candidacy for that position," the Chicago Democrat told local elected officials, constituents and reporters Saturday in Chicago.
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Filed under: Illinois • Jesse Jackson Jr.
Bill Daley mulling a bid for Illinois governor
December 21st, 2012
08:27 AM ET
2 years ago

Bill Daley mulling a bid for Illinois governor

(CNN) – Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, a Democrat, is considering a run for the Illinois governorship in 2014, potentially challenging Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

"I am thinking about it seriously. We are a ways off," Daley told a crowd at a City Club of Chicago event Thursday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Filed under: 2014 • Illinois • William Daley
Democrats to have open primary for Jackson seat
December 15th, 2012
08:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Democrats to have open primary for Jackson seat

(CNN) – Chicago-area Democrats will hold an open primary to select their candidate for the special election to fill the seat left vacant by former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., as officials failed to coalesce around a candidate.

After over an hour of deliberations following 16 candidates making their cases for the party’s endorsement, Democratic leaders of the six Chicago wards and five suburban Cook County townships in the 2nd Congressional District voted for an open primary, according to CNN affiliate WGN in Chicago.
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Filed under: 2012 • Illinois • Jesse Jackson Jr.
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