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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 »

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 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 »

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, Apr 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM
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By Associated Press

Sandi, Jesse Jackson Jr. to be Sentenced on Same Day

Sandi, Jesse Jackson Jr. to be Sentenced on Same Day

The former congressman's sentencing was rescheduled on Friday. He was to be sentenced on June 28 but now will appear on July 1. Read »

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago's Most Corrupt Wards

Chicago's Most Corrupt Wards

With the conviction of William Beavers, the 7th Ward moves to the top of the list. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Congress Made It Easier For JJJ To Misuse Funds: Report

Congress Made It Easier For JJJ To Misuse Funds: Report

Apparently it was pretty easy for Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife to dip into the former Illinois congressman's campaign funds. 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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