WBEZ | Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. http://www.wbez.org/tags/congressman-jesse-jackson-jr Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Schock, Jackson: Congressional resignation deja vu? http://www.wbez.org/news/schock-jackson-congressional-resignation-deja-vu-111732 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/schockjackson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois residents may be having deja vu after U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock announced he&rsquo;s resigning his congressional seat over ethics questions.<br /><br />It comes just over two years after another Illinois U.S. representative, Jesse Jackson, Jr., left Congress. The Chicago U.S. Rep. resigned shortly before he was charged with improper use of campaign money.<br /><br />But the similarities between the two may be less about their cases - and more about their personalities.<br /><br />Jackson pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds. He spent it on everything from groceries to fur coats. Aaron Schock has not been charged with wrongdoing, but the Better Government Association&rsquo;s Andy Shaw says the two politicians had a sense of entitlement that brought a negative spotlight.<br /><br />&ldquo;Aaron Schock and Jesse Jackson, Jr. were both full of themselves,&rdquo; Shaw said. &ldquo;They were arrogant. They had a sense of empowerment and entitlement and, perhaps worst of all, a sense of invincibility that the rules didn&rsquo;t apply to them.&rdquo;<br /><br />In Schock&rsquo;s case, what started with a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/hes-got-a-downton-abbey-inspired-office-but-rep-aaron-schock-wont-talk-about-it/2015/02/02/1d3f1466-ab1f-11e4-abe8-e1ef60ca26de_story.html">lavish office decor</a> led to questions about <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150316/NEWS/150319602">his real estate deals</a> and about <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/aaron-schock-resigns-116153.html">overblown expense reports</a>. With his resignation, Schock avoids a congressional ethics investigation, and no criminal charges have been filed.<br />One Chicago defense attorney watching it all is Victor Henderson, who said even though Schock has not been charged, it&rsquo;s still a possibility.<br /><br />&ldquo;You never know what&rsquo;s going on behind the scenes,&rdquo; Henderson said. &ldquo;As I recall, I think the same thing happened with Congressman Jackson that prior to the time that he was indicted, or not long thereafter, there were negotiations between his lawyers and the lawyers for the government.&rdquo;<br /><br />Henderson is quick to add, though, that people will be watching to see how Schock&rsquo;s situation is handled by any investigators.<br />&ldquo;If at some point there&rsquo;s no action taken then I certainly think a lot of people will question what the difference is,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />&ldquo;The cases are different. The allegations are different,&rdquo; Shaw with the BGA said of the resignations of Jackson and Schock. &ldquo;But a lot of the traits, a lot of the personality characteristics that got them both in hot water are similar.&rdquo;<br /><br />Shaw said one of the ways to keep those kinds of personalities in check is more stringent campaign finance laws, as well as election boards with real authority to conduct investigations of improper spending.<br /><br />That way, maybe Illinois residents could stop being drawn so often into the dramas of troubled politicians.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/schock-jackson-congressional-resignation-deja-vu-111732 Jackson Jr. leaves Mayo Clinic http://www.wbez.org/news/jackson-jr-leaves-mayo-clinic-103816 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP284585612214.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has left the Mayo Clinic, where he was being treated for bipolar disorder for the second time since taking a leave of absence in June.</p><p>Mayo spokesman Nick Hanson says Jackson left the Minnesota clinic Tuesday. He did not know where Jackson was going.</p><p>The Jacksons had considered sending the congressman to another facility for &quot;more intense treatment&quot; of his bi-polar disorder, a source close to the family said Tuesday. But the source wasn&#39;t sure whether that&#39;s where the congressman is heading.</p><p>Jackson was elected Nov. 6 to a ninth full term representing his Chicago area district, despite not campaigning and barely appearing in public since taking medical leave.&nbsp;He spent election night at the clinic after returning there in October amid reports that he faced a new federal investigation into potential misuse of his campaign finances.</p><p>Jackson remains under a U.S. House committee&#39;s investigation into his dealings with imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.</p><p>Meanwhile, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says it&#39;s time for Jackson Jr. to let voters know what&#39;s going on.</p><p>&quot;The election is over,&quot; Quinn said. &quot;I think it&#39;s important for him to tell his constitutents and tell the public where he stands.&quot;</p><p>Quinn made his remarks just before the news broke about Jackson leaving the clinic.&nbsp;The governor declined to say if Jackson should leave resign, saying that decision was up to the congressman.</p><p>Jackson hasn&#39;t given any indication of when he&#39;ll return to office, but did suggest in a recent robocall to constituents that he is eager to get back to work. On Tuesday, Jackson spokesman Kevin Lampe said he didn&#39;t know when the congressman would return to work, or even update constituents about his condition.</p></p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/jackson-jr-leaves-mayo-clinic-103816 Rev. Jackson: Congressman son back at Mayo clinic for evaluation http://www.wbez.org/news/rev-jackson-congressman-son-back-mayo-clinic-evaluation-103342 <p><p>The Rev. Jesse&nbsp;Jackson&nbsp;says his congressman son has checked back into the Mayo Clinic for an evaluation.</p><div><p>The elder&nbsp;Jackson&nbsp;told The Associated Press that Congressman Jesse&nbsp;Jackson&nbsp;Jr. was back at the Minnesota facility Tuesday. He was released from there last month following treatment for bipolar disorder and gastrointestinal issues.</p><p>A Mayo spokesman and&nbsp;Jackson&#39;s&nbsp;office didn&#39;t immediately have an update.</p><p>The congressman&#39;s father says the evaluation may lead to a longer stay. Congressional colleagues who visited the younger&nbsp;Jackson&nbsp;Monday say he was preparing for a longer visit.</p><p>Jackson&nbsp;took medical leave in June. His staff has released few details about his condition and hasn&#39;t said when he&#39;ll return to work.</p><p>Jackson&nbsp;is on the Nov. 6 ballot although he hasn&#39;t <a href="http://www.wbez.org/jackson-jr-robocall-asks-patience-%E2%80%94-offers-no-timeline-return-103287">campaigned beyond a robocall to voters</a>.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/rev-jackson-congressman-son-back-mayo-clinic-evaluation-103342 Jesse Jackson Jr. requires in-patient treatment http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-requires-patient-treatment-100661 <p><p><em>Updated at 5:07 p.m.</em></p><p>The office of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., said Thursday that the Chicago Democrat&#39;s medical condition is more serious than staff initially thought or believed.</p><div><p>&quot;Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time,&quot; an emailed statement said.</p><p>It said Jackson is being evaluated and treated at an in-patient medical facility, and his doctors believe he will be there for an extended period of time, followed by outpatient treatment.</p><p>&quot;We ask that you keep Congressman Jackson and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult period,&quot; the statement concluded.</p><p>This is the first update on Jackson&#39;s health in over a week, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-takes-medical-leave-us-house-100405">when his staff said</a> he was on medical leave and being treated for &quot;exhaustion.&quot;</p><p>The once-rising Democratic star has faced accusations that he signed off on a pay-to-play offer aimed at winning a U.S. Senate appointment from ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Jackson has never been charged and has denied wrongdoing, though the House Ethics Committee is investigating.</p><p>In addition, the congressman acknowledged a private marital issue.</p><p>Long known for a near-perfect voting record in the U.S. House, Jackson has missed more than 70 straight votes.</p><p>Meantime, Jackson&#39;s Republican opponent in the November election said the public deserves to know more about the congressman&#39;s health.</p><p>&quot;My heart goes out to him - keep him in our thoughts and prayers for a good, quick recovery,&quot; Brian Woodworth said Thursday.</p><p>But on the other hand, Woodworth said, Jackson&#39;s office is not being specific enough.</p><p>&quot;Somebody who had a stroke like Senator Kirk - it&#39;s assumed he&#39;s going to be out for a long time. Somebody who&#39;s having hernia surgery, you&#39;re going to be out for a couple days,&quot; Woodworth said. &quot;So, for the public to understand what&#39;s going on with the representative, I think there&#39;s an obligation to be more open. And that&#39;s all I&#39;m saying.&quot;</p><p>The Second Congressional District, which stretches from Chicago&#39;s South Side to past Kankakee, is overwhelmingly Democratic.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 10:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-requires-patient-treatment-100661 Jesse Jackson Jr. takes medical leave from U.S. House http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-takes-medical-leave-us-house-100405 <p><p>U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.&#39;s office is providing few details about his unexpected medical leave of absence.&nbsp;His office on Monday disclosed that the Chicago Democrat, a 17-year congressional veteran, is being treated for exhaustion.</p><p>The three-sentence statement said Jackson went on medical leave just over two weeks ago, though his offices remain open.</p><p>&quot;He asks that you respect his family&#39;s privacy,&quot; read the statement.</p><p>Jackson&#39;s spokesman, Frank Watkins, said he would have no further comment.</p><p>Just last week, a Jackson fundraiser and family friend, Raghuveer Nayak, was arrested by federal authorities. The U.S. attorney said Nayak engaged in a kickback scheme to drive business to surgical centers he owned.</p><p>Nayak had also been a central figure in the trial of ex-governor Rod Blagojevich.&nbsp;The feds said Nayak promised to raise millions of dollars for the ex-governor&#39;s campaign fund if Blagojevich appointed Jackson to the U.S. Senate.</p><p>Jackson has denied any knowledge of the scheme, but the issue remains part of an investigation by the U.S. House Ethics Committee. That panel has yet to decide the case.</p><p>This past March, Jackson faced a primary challenge from former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson. Despite the bruising nature of the campaigns, Jackson won handily, with more than 70 percent of the vote.</p><p>In the November election, he&#39;ll face Republican Brian Woodworth. Independent candidate Marcus Lewis also filed his paperwork with the Illinois State Board of Elections, but could face a ballot challenge.</p><p>The timing of Jackson&#39;s announcement, released Monday after regular business hours, is curious. Monday was the deadline for independent and third party candidates in Illinois to file for the November ballot.</p><p>Jackson has already missed more than 30 votes on the U.S. House floor.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-takes-medical-leave-us-house-100405 Jesse Jackson Jr. speaks out on tough Democratic primary http://www.wbez.org/story/jesse-jackson-jr-speaks-out-tough-democratic-primary-96000 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-31/Jesse Jackson Jr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In a rare media availability Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. spoke out about his upcoming battle for re-election. Jackson held a press conference to propose making part of the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2012-01-31/could-citys-pullman-community-become-home-chicagos-first-national-park-95974">historic Pullman neighborhood a national park</a>.</p><p>But Jackson was asked about some big endorsements in his upcoming Democratic primary race against former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson.</p><p>Jackson has claimed he's being endorsed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Barack Obama. But that's not what Mayor Emanuel said a couple of weeks ago.</p><p>"I said he's a good friend, I said he's done good work. The real choice for Congressman will be by the people of the 2nd district, not me," Emanuel said.</p><p>Jackson said he does have the backing of both Emanuel and the president.</p><p>"I'm confident - I'm confident in that list. I double checked it myself and talked with everyone on that list myself," Jackson said.</p><p>Jackson did not say if he plans to debate Halvorson publicly. Instead, he said he'll participate in a forum with the Chicago Tribune.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/jesse-jackson-jr-speaks-out-tough-democratic-primary-96000 Examining the impact of high-profile witnesses in the Blagojevich retrial http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-26/examining-impact-high-profile-witnesses-blagojevich-retrial-87063 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-26/Blago Getty Frank Polich.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A spokesman for Rod Blagojevich says the ex-governor plans to testify in his corruption re-trial. His appearance on the stand could come as early as Thursday morning. Meanwhile, his defense has been keeping the seat prepared for him.<br> <br> On Wednesday they called Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to the stand. Their appearance was much anticipated but their testimony was brief. So, do high-profile witnesses help or hurt his case?<br> <br> To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to Attorney <a href="http://www.zmf.com/team_tuerkheimer.html" target="_blank">Alan Tuerkheimer</a>, an expert jury consultant with Zagnoli McEvoy Foley.</p><p><em>Music Button: Gutbucket, "Part One: Dyslexic Messiah", from the CD Flock, (Cuneiform)</em></p></p> Thu, 26 May 2011 13:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-26/examining-impact-high-profile-witnesses-blagojevich-retrial-87063