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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 »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Carothers’ Story Shows Almost Anything Can Be Forgiven in Chicago Politics

Carothers’ Story Shows Almost Anything Can Be Forgiven in Chicago Politics

In almost any other city, Carothers’ attempt to seek political office would be seen as an example of almost unbelievable hubris. Read »

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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By Associated Press

Jackson, Blagojevich Figure Pleads Guilty

Jackson, Blagojevich Figure Pleads Guilty

Raghuveer Nayak will plead guilty in a medical fraud case. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

First Batch of Jesse Jackson Jr. Stuff Goes to Auction

First Batch of Jesse Jackson Jr. Stuff Goes to Auction

The first batch of items Jesse Jackson Jr. turned over to help fulfill a forfeiture order from the United States District Court is officially up for auction. 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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