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Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 4:38 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Jesse Jackson Jr. Could Land at Halfway House this Fall

Jesse Jackson Jr. Could Land at Halfway House this Fall

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s federal prison sentence could end as soon as Sept. 20, when he is eligible to trade his jail cell for a halfway house, according to reports. Read »

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM
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By Staff Report
      

Jesse Jackson Jr. Gets Early Projected Release Date

Jesse Jackson Jr. could get out of prison earlier than expected. The original projected release date for the former Illinois congressman has been moved up on the Bureau of Prisons website from Dec. 31, 2015... Read »

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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By Phil Rogers
      

JJJr. Believes in Presidential Pardons For Ex-Inmates

Former Chicago congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. did a "fastidious job" scrubbing toilets, showers, and sinks at a North Carolina prison and believes President Barack Obama should issue pardons to inmates who... Read »

Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By Associated Press

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Moved to Ala. Prison

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Moved to Ala. Prison

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been moved from the federal prison in North Carolina to a minimum security prison camp in Montgomery. Read »

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Blagojevich Fundraiser Gets 2 Years in Prison

Raghuveer Nayak pleaded guilty last September to federal health-care fraud charges. He apologized and asked the judge to have mercy on him and his family. The 58-year-old Chicago-area businessman faced up to 23... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 7:19 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

FEC Wants JJJ to Show Them the Money

The last time the Jackson campaign filed a report with the FEC, they reported they had over $105,000 in the bank. Problem is, that was in December of last year. Since that time, the Jackson campaign hasn't... Read »

Friday, Nov 1, 2013 at 1:14 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Jesse Jackson Jr. Gets Prison Release Date

Jesse Jackson Jr. Gets Prison Release Date

Jackson, 48, was sentenced to 30 months in prison in August after pleading guilty to charges he used campaign cash on personal items. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Can We Turn Away from Watching JJJ Now?

Can We Turn Away from Watching JJJ Now?

For a man who carries a remarkably short legislative record, we end up with little else to do than watch how truly inept he appears in much of the rest of his life. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 5:13 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Jesse Jackson Jr. Enters Federal Prison

Former congressman serving 30-month sentence for misusing campaign funds. Read »

Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 3:35 PM
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By BJ Lutz

JJJr to Sell DC Home to Pay Fines

JJJr to Sell DC Home to Pay Fines

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has agreed to put his Washington, D.C. home on the market in an effort to satisfy a $750,000 forfeiture he owes, court documents filed Friday indicate. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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