February 20th, 2013
03:33 AM ET
2 years ago

Jesse Jackson Jr., wife plead guilty to charges involving campaign funds

Washington (CNN) - With moist eyes and soft voices, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife pleaded guilty to federal charges on Wednesday related to years of using campaign funds for personal expenses that included purchases of Michael Jackson memorabilia and a Rolex watch.

"Guilty, your honor," Jackson responded to U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins while dabbing his eyes with a handkerchief after he looked back at family members in the courtroom, including his father, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. expected to plead guilty in funds misuse case
US Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-IL, speaks to reporters following a Democratic Caucus on August 1, 2011 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
February 19th, 2013
11:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Jesse Jackson Jr. expected to plead guilty in funds misuse case

Washington (CNN) - Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., once seen as a rising political star, is expected to appear in federal court in Washington on Wednesday to admit he used campaign funds for personal expenses and gifts.

His wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandra Stevens Jackson, will have her own court appearance a few hours later, when she is expected to plead guilty to filing false tax returns.

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Feds lay out funds misuse case against Jesse Jackson Jr.
February 15th, 2013
04:27 PM ET
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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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Jesse Jackson Jr. signs plea deal; wife also faces investigation
February 8th, 2013
03:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Jesse Jackson Jr. signs plea deal; wife also faces investigation

(CNN) – Former U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has signed a plea deal with prosecutors who were investigating potential financial improprieties, according to a source close to Jackson's family.

Lawyers representing Jackson did not return CNN phone calls Friday, and the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington had no comment when asked about the Jackson case.
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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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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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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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Illinois governor orders special election for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s old seat
November 26th, 2012
04:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Illinois governor orders special election for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s old seat

(CNN) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday that a special election will be held to fill the congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who stepped down last week amid an ethics probe and ongoing health problems.

Quinn said a primary election would be held on February 26, which coincides with an already-scheduled local primary election, and proposed setting April 9 as the date for the general election to coincide with another previously-scheduled vote.
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The long strange saga of Jesse Jackson, Jr.
November 23rd, 2012
09:07 AM ET
2 years ago

The long strange saga of Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois resigned from office Tuesday, ending months of speculation about his future. Jackson has not been seen in public since he took a leave of absence in June to get treatment for severe bipolar depression.

In a resignation letter submitted to House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday, Jesse Jackson said, “for the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish.”

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BREAKING: Jesse Jackson Jr. quits Congress, cites health reasons
November 21st, 2012
02:22 PM ET
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BREAKING: Jesse Jackson Jr. quits Congress, cites health reasons

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Junior resigned from Congress effective Wednesday, citing the need to spend time "restoring my health."

Jackson, who announced his resignation in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, has been is the subject of several investigations and was recently treated at the Mayo Clinic for what was described as "several serious health issues."

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