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Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr., once a rising star in the Democratic Party, has now become a tragic figure following connections to political and personal scandals, an extended illness shrouded in mystery, a resignation, and now, Federal charges.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the new alderman for the 7th Ward Monday. Natashia Holmes will replace Sandi Jackson.

With his lawyers seeking the least-damaging end to a federal corruption investigation against him, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. maintained his silence Friday amid reports he had agreed to terms to plead guilty to misusing his campaign funds.

Jackson’s lawyers in Washington also declined to comment, though his legal team previously has said it was in negotiations to end the case. When he stepped down from the seat he had held for 17 years last fall, Jackson said he would “accept responsibility for my mistakes” and would cooperate with the government on a resolution.

Sources with knowledge of the situation said there had been no closed-door court hearing on the matter, no public documents filed and no court date set, making any media reports that Jackson already had entered a guilty plea premature.

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Paul Green, Director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University, joins Mike to discuss immigration, Sandy Jackson, school consolidations, pensions and various other topics.


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