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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 »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 8:26 AM
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By Phil Rogers & Lisa Balde

Sentencing Up Next In Jackson Family Saga

After pleading guilty Wednesday to separate charges for misusing campaign money, Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, must now face sentencing. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Sandi Jackson Failed to File $600k Over 6 Years

Sandi Jackson Failed to File $600k Over 6 Years

Prosecutors said some of the improper funds she used included 3100 purchases amounting to $27,421.22 from her aldermanic campaign account. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Sandi Jackson Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud

Sandi Jackson Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud

Former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson pleaded guilty to a tax offense Wednesday, about three hours after her husband pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds. Read »

Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher, Associated Press

Quinn: Jackson Charges 'Major Sad Day For Our State'

The seemingly frivolous cause of Jackson's undoing is seen by political observers and at least one former colleague as both nonsensical and sad. Read »

Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Jackson's Family 'Felt the Impact'

After attending the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's Saturday Morning Forum, Jesse Jackson Jr.'s family said they are struggling to deal with the gravity of Jackson's recent charges. Read »

Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Charges Filed Against Jesse Jackson Jr.

Federal officials filed charges Friday against Jesse Jackson Jr. after the former congressman reportedly signed a plea deal for allegedly improperly spending $750,000 in campaign funds. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Sandi Jackson's Successor Sworn in as Alderman

Sandi Jackson's Successor Sworn in as Alderman

Natashia Holmes was appointed earlier this week by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Ex-IDOT Worker Picked To Replace Sandi Jackson

Natashia Holmes starts new job as 7th Ward alderman on Wednesday. Read »

Friday, Feb 8, 2013 at 6:53 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Jesse Jackson Jr. Signs Plea Deal In Federal Probe

It’s been nearly three months since Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress, but now NBC News confirms that Jackson has signed papers in a plea deal within the past several days. Read »

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