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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 »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

JJJ Wants Medical Info Out of Public Record

JJJ Wants Medical Info Out of Public Record

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is reportedly hoping to keep information about medical condition out of the public record, despite plans to use it in court as a reason for the judge to give him a break. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Supporter Sends Jackson Jr. Letter to Wrong Judge

Supporter Sends Jackson Jr. Letter to Wrong Judge

Cook County Commissioner Jerry “Iceman” Butler is the latest public official to write a Federal Judge in Washington, pleading for leniency for former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Butler directed his... Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Jacksons' Crimes "Made Our Democracy Shiver"

Jacksons' Crimes

The Jacksons' friends and foes write letters regarding their sentencing. Read »

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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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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 .
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