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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 »

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 »

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 »

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Feds Auction First Batch of Jesse Jackson Jr. Furs, Memorabilia

The first 13 items Jesse Jackson Jr. turned over to help fulfill the... See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Feds Send Jesse Jackson Jr. Forfeiture Order

Feds Send Jesse Jackson Jr. Forfeiture Order

Imagine getting a bill for $750,000 from the federal government. Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. got one today, in the form of a forfeiture order from the United States District Court, stemming from the... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Blago Brother Rips Jackson Sentence

Blago Brother Rips Jackson Sentence

The brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says there's a serious disparity in the sentence his brother received and the prison time lobbed against Jesse Jackson Jr. on Wednesday afternoon. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Jackson Hope For Leniency Rests With Judge

If Jesse Jackson Jr.'s federal sentencing judge accepts that his performance as a congressman outweighs his crime, she could give him probation for misusing $750,000 in campaign money. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM
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By Phil Rogers & Lisa Balde
      

Jesse Jackson Jr.: 'Today I Manned Up'

Jesse Jackson Jr. said he manned up Wednesday in court. After a judge sentenced him to 30 months in prison for misusing $750,000 of campaign money, Jackson gave a brief statement to a crush of reporters and... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Lisa Balde
      

Illinois Reacts To Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentence

Before Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday sentenced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to 30 months in prison for misusing campaign funds, she told him he violated the trust of the people of Chicago. 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 .