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Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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By Associated Press

Rev. Jackson Calls Voting Rights Ruling 'Devastating'

Rev. Jackson Calls Voting Rights Ruling 'Devastating'

The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of the landmark Voting Rights Act is a "devastating blow." The longtime civil rights leader and former presidential candidate... Read »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Rev. Jesse Jackson Proud of Son For Coming Clean

Rev. Jesse Jackson is standing by his son. A day after Jesse Jackson Jr. admitted in federal court to spending $750,000 of campaign funds for personal use, Rev. Jackson told MSNBC he's proud of him for accepting... Read »

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Jackson Asks For Prayers After Son's Charges

Jackson Asks For Prayers After Son's Charges

“During this difficult and painful ordeal, our family has felt the impact of your prayers and calls," Rev. Jackson said Monday in a statement. "So many ministers have reached out to us, and we thank you. The... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

"Our Public Service Will Continue:" Rev. Jackson

For the first time in a long time, Chicago doesn't have a member of the Jackson family representing its residents. Less than two months after Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned as congressman for the 2nd District,... Read »

Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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By Lauren Petty & Lisa Balde

Chicago Will Hear From JJJ at 'Appropriate Time'

Rev. Jesse Jackson sure knows how to control a message. The father of embattled Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. hasn't said much about his son's medical condition or the widening federal investigation into his affairs... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 6:40 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Jesse Jackson Jr. Spotted, Says He's 'Not Well'

Following reports of JJJ sightings at a Washington, D.C., bar with two different women, The Daily tracked him down Monday on the stoop of his Dupont Circle home sitting with Rev. Jesse Jackson and smoking a... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Rev. Jackson Introduces Released Prisoners to Congress

Rev. Jackson Introduces Released Prisoners to Congress

Rev. Jesse Jackson will introduce two Americans whose release from a Gambian prison he negotiated to members of Congress Friday. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 at 12:08 AM
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By BJ Lutz

JJJ Gets Visit From Parents

JJJ Gets Visit From Parents

News of the visit came from his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said he and his wife offered "positive reinforcement" and did not discuss politics. Read »

Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 4:42 PM
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By Lauren Petty

"Give Us Space:" Rev. Jesse Jackson

In response to new, still vague reports about his son's health, Rev. Jesse Jackson pleaded Thursday for "space." "He needs and deserves privacy," Jackson said on his way to an unrelated breakfast meeting at the... Read »

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 7:27 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Rev. Jackson Called For Boycott of Arizona

Rev. Jackson Called For Boycott of Arizona

Before his son checked into a rehab facility there, Rev. Jesse Jackson urged Americans to boycott Arizona over an immigration law he compared to "terrorism." Read »

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Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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