Election Time. Voters are to head to the polls on Tuesday. On the primary’s ballot are several local contests, but the most-watched race is the 2nd Congressional District. Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. stepped down from the seat in November. He and his wife have pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal charges. Disparate Impact.... Read more »
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Former U.S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of wire and mail fraud, according to news reports. “For years I lived off my campaign,” a tearful Jackson said, according to The New York Times. “I used money I shouldn’t have used for personal purposes.” The guilty plea came after federal... Read more »
Federal prosecutors charged former Illinois Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. Friday of using $750,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses such as a $43,350 Rolex watch and $5,000 in capes and parkas from a fur shop. According to court documents, he was also charged with conspiracy, making false statements and mail and wire fraud. His... Read more »
Dashed Hopes. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said it will focus on deporting immigrants with dangerous felonies. But a recent visit to immigration court found this doesn’t quite live up to the reality on the ground. Read the full story on Chicago Muckrakers today. Spotlight on South Shore. Chicago is looking to fill the... Read more »
Mia Henry says she’s going to do all she can to ensure the 7th Ward gets a good leader. She is even planning on going after the spot herself. Henry was one of the most vocal critics of former 7th Ward Alderman Sandi Jackson. Shortly after Jackson’s Jan. 11 resignation, Henry said she wasn’t planning... Read more »
Tomorrow is the last day Sandi Jackson will represent the 7th Ward in Chicago’s city council and some residents say the community should have a voice in the replacement process. Jackson abruptly announced her resignation Friday in a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel saying she couldn’t balance her responsibilities with her family and representing the... Read more »
With so many people putting their names in the hat to be the next Chicago mayor, it’s hard to keep them all straight. Take a look at the potential candidates – who’s in, who’s out and who’s just a rumor – in our photo gallery. Also, check out Progress Illinois’ great database of mayoral candidates.... Read more »