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#1 Jan 11, 2013
January 11, 2013 (CHICAGO)(WLS)-- Citing ''very painful family health matters,'' Alderman Sandi Jackson resigned Friday from the Chicago City Council.
DOWNLOAD: Sandi Jackson's resignation letter to Mayor Emanuel (pdf)
TIMELINE: Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Leave of Absence / Resignation
Jackson's resignation letter was delivered to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
She wrote, "As a representative of the people of the 7th Ward, I value the public trust which has been bestowed upon me and take my responsibility to safeguard the interests of my constituents seriously. Likewise, I am unapologetically a wife and a mother and I cannot deny my commitment to those most important personal responsibilities... "
Jackson went on to write that her constituents "deserve a partner who can commit all of their energies to the business of the people. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as Alderman of 7th Ward, effective January 15, 2013."
Mayor Emanuel released a statement, "As Sandi takes this time to focus on her family, we give her our deepest thanks and support for her service... "
Jackson has served in Chicago's 7th Ward since 2007. One month ago, she told ABC7 she was "not resigning ... I intend to finish my term unless something catastrophic happens."
Whether something "catastrophic" happened or not has yet to be determined, but something changed.
Jackson has missed several meetings in recent months, citing the reason as her family responsibilities. Her husband, former Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in June 2012, and stepped down from his political position in November. For several years, he was the focus of a House ethics investigation after trying to obtain the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President Barack Obama. Timeline: Jesse Jackson Junior's leave of absence/resigation
Also, last year, Jesse Jackson Junior became the target of a federal investigation for allegedly misusing campaign funds, possibly to furnish their D.C. home. Sandi Jackson came under scrutiny for consultant fees and rent payments she received from her husband's campaign money. The $1,250 payments were made every month for years, but were not disclosed on her campaign fund reports until after Jesse Jackson Junior resigned. She then amended her previously filed public records to cite those payments.
Jesse Jackson Junior's attorneys say they are attempting to work out a plea agreement in his case. But so far there have been no charges against him, or any information what legal exposure Sand Jackson could have.
#2 Jan 11, 2013
Normal democrat behavior, steal from the public then resign after deadlines to get a new person on the ballot
#3 Jan 11, 2013
Gee, what city have I seen that done??
#4 Jan 12, 2013
Self Serving Behavior.
#5 Jan 12, 2013
Staying in office or any postion breeds corruption and you are no longer effective.
Do not stay in any job or position for more than eight years or you will unfortunately find yourself part of the problem.
#6 Jan 13, 2013
The area on polling place property beyond the campaign free zone, whether publicly or privately owned, is a public forum for the time that the polls are open on an election day.
A person shall have the right to congregate and engage in electioneering on any polling place property while the polls are open beyond the campaign free zone, including but not limited to, the placement of temporary signs.
#7 Jan 15, 2013
I wonder how long till the indictment comes down on here and JJJ
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