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Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 9:04 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Jesse Jackson Jr. Gives Prison Preferences

Jesse Jackson Jr. Gives Prison Preferences

It goes without saying that former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. still hopes a federal judge in Washington D.C. will consider giving him a sentence of probation. But realizing the chances of that happening... Read »

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM
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By Michelle Relerford

Quinn Signs Bill For Long-Stalled Peotone Airport

Quinn Signs Bill For Long-Stalled Peotone Airport

Gov. Pat Quinn took a major step Thursday in pushing forward plans for a third Chicago-area airport long supported by former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 at 9:05 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Judge Postpones JJJ, Sandi Sentencing

Judge Postpones JJJ, Sandi Sentencing

A federal judge on Monday postponed the sentencing hearing for former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, noting it was being done to "accommodate the court" and not at the request of the... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Jacksons' Sentencing Scheduled for Aug. 14

Jacksons' Sentencing Scheduled for Aug. 14

Couple pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds and tax fraud. Read »

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: JJJ Latest Political Brat To Ruin Family Name

Opinion: JJJ Latest Political Brat To Ruin Family Name

When you set your kid up in politics, there's always a chance he or she will bring shame upon the family. Read »

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Feds Look to Seize Jackson Jr. Homes

The government says Jackson Jr. owes about $1.5 million as part of a plea agreement he made that includes forfeiture of items and restitution. They plan to seize the home in Chicago located on East 72nd... Read »

Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Letters Ask Judge To Teach Jacksons A Lesson

Letters Ask Judge To Teach Jacksons A Lesson

While the court files are packed with sympathetic and supportive letters for former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, who will be sentenced in a Washington D.C. courtroom next week, others have... Read »

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 7:06 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Jacksons Hire Legal Team Ahead of Sentencing

Jacksons Hire Legal Team Ahead of Sentencing

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, are making moves in preparation for their July 3 sentencing in separate corruption cases Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 8:09 AM
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By Phil Rogers & Lisa Balde
      

Prosecutors Seek 4-Year Prison Term for JJJ

Federal prosecutors are recommending former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. get four years in prison for misusing $750,000 in campaign money and 18 months for Jackson's wife, Sandi. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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By Associated Press

Judge Rejects Jackson's Secrecy Request

Judge Rejects Jackson's Secrecy Request

A federal judge is shooting down a request by convicted ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who wanted to seal a portion of sentencing documents that his lawyers say will contain sensitive medical information. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .