Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee, and a pile of expensive furs are on the auction block tomorrow. U.S. Marshals are selling off some of the valuable possessions of former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife, former Chicago alderman Sandra Stevens Jackson.
A federal judge will sentence Jesse Jackson Junior and his wife for stealing campaign money. His lawyers are expected to bring up the ex-Congressman’s mental illness.
Jackson Junior pleaded guilty in February to stealing $750,000 from his campaign account, and spending it on lavish personal items. Defense attorney Reid Weingarten then suggested he might bring up Jackson’s struggle with bi-polar disorder to argue for a lighter sentence.
Illinois’ Second Congressional District has a voice again. Democrat Robin Kelly easily beat five opponents in the special election to fill former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s U.S. House seat. The district has been without representation since Jackson resigned in November, shortly after winning re-election, in spite of corruption allegations and an extended leave to deal with bipolar depression.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has until the end of business Monday to take his name off the November ballot. It is the last chance to remove his name and still have Democratic Party bosses handpick a replacement candidate. Over the weekend, he sent a recorded message to constituents.
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is under intensive medical treatment for a "mood disorder," his office announced in a brief statement Wednesday, more than a month after the Chicago Democrat quietly went on medical leave of absence.