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Illinois Reacts To Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentence

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    Constituents in Jesse Jackson Jr.'s former House district react with sadness and disappointment after Jackson and his wife are given prison sentences. Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013)

    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.

    "You were not just Jesse Jackson Jr., you were Congressman Jackson," Judge Berman Jackson told him in court. "Your conduct stained not only your reputation, but the way all elected officials are viewed."

    Quinn on Jacksons' Sentencing: "Justice Has To Be Served"

    [CHI] Quinn on Jacksons' Sentencing: "Justice Has To Be Served"
    Illinois governor speaks out on the punishment for Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Sandi Jackson. (Published Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013)

    And now the area Jackson Jr. represented, and the state in which he was elected, is reacting.

    "Justice has to be served," Gov. Pat Quinn said, "and if you did the crime, you have to do the time."

    Sen. Kwame Raoul Reacts to Jackson Sentence

    [CHI] Sen. Kwame Raoul Reacts to Jackson Sentence
    After Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson were sentenced, respectively, to 30 months and 12 months in prison, Sen. Kwame Raoul told NBC Chicago he prays for the Jacksons' children and calls it a sad day in the state. (Published Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013)

    "It's a heartbreaking situation," Sen. Dick Durbin told NBCChicago. "It just breaks my heart to think about what this means for the children, but it's clear that he did something that's very, very wrong, and he's paying a heavy price for it." 

    Sen. Kwame Raoul said he prays for the Jacksons' children.

    Durbin on JJJ Sentencing: 'It's a Heartbreaking Situation'

    [CHI] Durbin on JJJ Sentencing: 'It's a Heartbreaking Situation'
    Sen. Dick Durbin described the sentencing of Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson as "heartbreaking." He says Jackson is paying a heavy price for what he did. (Published Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013)

    "It's a sad day," Raoul said. "He violated the law, and there are consequences for violating the law.  Congressman Jackson, you know, I always thought had great talent, and it's unfortunate he made some the decisions that he made."

    Former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson was sentenced to 12 months in prison for tax fraud.

    The couple has two children, a 13-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son.