Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson Jr. sentencing today

Jesse Jackson Jr. sentencing today

Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, learn their fates Wednesday when a federal judge in Washington, D.C., sentences the one-time power couple for misusing $750,000 in campaign money on everything from a gold-plated Rolex watch and mink capes to vacations and mounted elk heads. The 48-year-old son of civil rights leader […]

Jesse Jackson Jr., wife, agree to guilty pleas for campaign fund fraud

Jesse Jackson Jr., wife, agree to guilty pleas for campaign fund fraud

In a spectacular fall from political prominence, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed Friday to plead guilty to federal charges growing out of what prosecutors said was a scheme to use $750,000 in campaign funds for lavish personal expenses, including a $43,000 gold watch and furs. Federal prosecutors filed one charge […]

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred to Mayo Clinic

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred to Mayo Clinic

The announcement that Jesse Jackson Jr. had been transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota pinned down his whereabouts for the first time in weeks and gave clear confirmation that the Illinois congressman is suffering from depression. It also was the first mention that he’s now being treated for a “gastrointestinal issue,” which some experts […]

Jesse Jackson Jr. suffering from ‘mood disorder’

Jesse Jackson Jr. suffering from ‘mood disorder’

Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is receiving intensive treatment for a “mood disorder” and is expected to make a full recovery, his doctor said on Wednesday, responding to mounting political pressure for more information on his condition. Jackson, 47, has been on a month-long leave of absence from his job. Until Wednesday, the nature of the […]

Sources: Substance abuse, not exhaustion, led to Jesse Jackson Jr.’s ‘leave of absence’

Sources: Substance abuse, not exhaustion, led to Jesse Jackson Jr.’s ‘leave of absence’

Sources close to supporters of Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. say the “medical leave of absence for treatment of exhaustion” announced Monday is a cover story for a history of substance abuse by the son of civil right leader Rev. Jesse Jackson. “The Congressman has substance abuse issues,” a former aide told Capitol Hill Blue […]

Tea party rookie beats veteran GOP congressman

Tea party rookie beats veteran GOP congressman

A rookie Congressman with Tea Party support beat a veteran Republican twice his age on Tuesday in a primary contest between incumbents forced by Democratic gerrymandering of the electoral map designed to gain congressional seats in November. Freshman Republican Adam Kinzinger, 34, declared victory over 20-year Representative Don Manzullo, who turns 68 this month, in […]

Reading the Constitution: Education or futility?

Reading the Constitution: Education or futility?

Republicans and Democrats took turns politely in a historic recitation of the Constitution from the House floor Thursday, but the decorum hardly meant they were in agreement. In a nod to the tea partiers who put the Republicans in power, GOP lawmakers took time out from their campaign to change the way government works to […]