Mayor, voters want Jackson Jr. to tell his intentions - FOX 32 News Chicago

Mayor, voters want Jackson Jr. to tell his intentions

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The pressure is on for Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to go public and talk to the people who voted for him.

FOX 32 has learned that he's working with prominent Chicago attorney Dan Webb to reach a plea bargain with the federal government. That deal could include giving up his congressional seat, along with his freedom, and possibly his pension.

At L&G's Restaurant on the corner of 75th and Exchange, in the heart of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s district, people talk politics.

SEE: Jackson Jr. resignation could happen within weeks: Source

This is where most candidates on the South Shore go when they want to be elected. Some of Jackson's constituents say they voted for him last week and now they wish they could have their ballot back.

"I'm surprised to even hear that he got hemmed up in some stuff like this," says Izel mason who voted for Jackson. "I voted for him to keep him up in there…I'm really disappointed."

The feds want to know if Congressman Jackson misused campaign funds. Sources say Jackson allegedly spent $20,000 to renovate the family's home in Washington D.C.

Sources told FOX 32 News that the congressman and wife, Sandi Jackson put the 5-bedroom Victorian on the market for $2.5 million to make a million dollars. Sources also say that the Jacksons are fearful that Jesse Jackson Jr. will serve "some" jail time. The family hopes the sale of that home will leave them with enough money to take care of themselves.

When reached by text this afternoon, the Alderman Sandi Jackson told us "she's doing her best" adding, she "can't talk much. His attorneys keep me out of it."

At a news conference Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says it's time for Jackson to talk.

Emanuel said the congressman should "have a conversation with his constituents about his intentions" now that the election's over. The mayor mentioned "big issues" before Congress. The mayor has previously declined to comment about Jackson, who went on medical leave in June.

Jackson easily won re-election last week though his medical leave kept him campaigning. The Democrat remains hospitalized at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic under treatment for bipolar disorder.

Jackson issued a statement thanking voters last week. He said once doctors approve his return to work he'll continue to be a "progressive fighter."


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Share Your Photos & Video

Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices