Source: John McCormick / Bloomberg Democrat Robin Kelly won the special election to fill the vacated seat of former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. in a district that includes part of Chicago’s South Side and southern suburbs. Kelly, 56, was the anticipated victor in a district that voted 81 percent for President Barack Obama in November, and the Associated [...]
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Source: Sophia Tareen / AP / theGrio CHICAGO — While Democrat Robin Kelly is widely expected to capture Tuesday’s special election for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat over Republican Paul McKinley, any winner will face big challenges. Illinois’ newest member of Congress will have big shoes to fill: Jackson was a 17-year incumbent [...]
Source: Carol Cratty and Tom Cohen / CNN Washington – 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,” [...]
Source: Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged today with violating federal law by misusing campaign funds. Jackson, 47, a Democrat from Chicago, faces felony charges, including conspiracy, in a criminal information filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Typically, federal prosecutors use an information [...]
Roland Martin talks with Kathy Chaney about the latest news on former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his plea deal.
Source: Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun-Times Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has signed a plea deal with federal prosecutors, according to a source familiar with the matter. The latest development comes in the ongoing federal investigation of Jackson’s alleged misuse of campaign funds. Sneed first tipped this week that the deal includes significant prison time [...]
LISTEN: Roland Martin Talks With Mary Mitchell About The Battle For Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Congressional Seat
Roland Martin talks with Mary Mitchell about Debbie Halvorson, the NRA supported Democrat along with 16 other people who are fighting for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat.
Source: Aaron Blake / The Washington Post Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has resigned from Congress amid mental health issues and a federal investigation into his political dealings. Jackson submitted a letter of resignation to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in just the last few minutes, according to an aide in Boehner’s office. Jackson’s office could not [...]
Roland Martin talks with columnist Mary Mitchell about Jesse Jackson Jr.’s possible plea deal.
Source: Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun-Times Sneed has learned U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who handily won re-election Tuesday despite a lengthy stay at Mayo Clinic for depression and bipolar disorder, is in the midst of plea discussions with the feds probing his alleged misuse of campaign funds. “No one has pled guilty, but plea discussions are ongoing,” [...]