WBEZ | sandi jackson http://www.wbez.org/tags/sandi-jackson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Wife of ex-US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. reports to prison http://www.wbez.org/news/wife-ex-us-rep-jesse-jackson-jr-reports-prison-113436 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_870348526468.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The wife of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. reported to prison Tuesday, the second half of the once-powerful political couple to serve time for convictions tied to $750,000 in lavish illegal spending of campaign money on items from furs to vacations.</p><div><p>Sandi Jackson, herself a former&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;city councilwoman, presented herself at the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson in West Virginia to begin serving a one-year sentence for filing false income tax returns, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said in an emailed statement.</p><p>She starts her prison term one month after her husband completed his 2&frac12; year sentence on a fraud conviction for the illegal spending. The judge who sentenced both of them in 2013 after they reached plea deals with prosecutors allowed the Jacksons to stagger their sentences in a concession to their two school-aged children.</p><p>Sandi Jackson, 52 and, like her husband, a Democrat, will serve her time about 250 miles west of Washington, D.C., where the Jacksons have made their home in recent years. The Alderson prison has held several high-profile inmates, including TV personality Martha Stewart, who served five months for lying about a stock sale and was released in 2005.</p><p>The facility has around 1,000 inmates and, though it is a minimum-security facility, it is highly regimented. That includes frequent contraband shakedowns, mandatory menial jobs that pay 40 cents an hour and the issuance of a brown khaki uniform, the prison&#39;s online guidebook says. Sandi Jackson will be known to staff by No. 32453-016, her inmate number.</p><p>It&#39;s a long way from the lifestyle court documents described the Jacksons as living at least in part because of their misuse of campaign cash.</p><p>Among the items Sandi Jackson spent the campaign money on were a $1,500 black and red cashmere cape, a $1,200 mink reversible parka and a $1,500 black fox fur; and the couple spent nearly $9,600 on children&#39;s furniture, according to court papers filed in the case.</p><p>Jesse Jackson Jr., 50 and the son of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, served in Congress from 1995 until he resigned in November 2012, ending a once-promising political career. He left Congress that June, and his staff eventually confirmed that he took a medical leave for treatment of bipolar disorder and other issues.</p><p>Jackson had been on home confinement in Washington in recent months, but he was officially registered as free from federal custody last month. He is on three years of supervised release and must do 500 hours of community service.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/wife-ex-us-rep-jesse-jackson-jr-reports-prison-113436 Jesse Jackson Jr., wife to appear in court http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-wife-appear-court-105630 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/jjjr_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., holding back tears, entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. He faces 46 to 57 months in prison under a plea deal with prosecutors</p><p>Before entering the plea to the conspiracy charge, Jackson told U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins, &quot;I&#39;ve never been more clear in my life&quot; in his decision to plead guilty.</p><p>Later, when Wilkins asked if Jackson committed the acts outlined in court papers, the former congressman replied, &quot;I did these things.&quot; He added later, &quot;Sir, for years I lived in my campaign,&quot; and used money from the campaign for personal use.</p><p>Jackson dabbed his face with tissues, and at point a court employee brought some tissues toJackson&#39;s lawyer, who gave them to the ex-congressman.</p><p>Jackson told the judge he was waiving his right to trial.</p><p>&quot;In perfect candor, your honor, I have no interest in wasting the taxpayers&#39; time or money,&quot; he said.</p><p>Sentencing is scheduled for June 28, and Wilkins is not bound by the plea agreement. Jacksonis free until then.</p><p>Since last June, Jackson has been hospitalized twice at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for treatment of bipolar disorder and other issues, and he stayed out of the public eye for months, even during the November elections. His attorney said after the court appearance that Jackson&#39;s health is &quot;not an excuse&quot; for his actions, &quot;just a fact.&quot;</p><p>Jackson entered the courtroom holding hands with his wife, Sandra, and looking a bit dazzled as he surveyed the packed room. He kissed his wife and headed to the defense table. She is expected to plead guilty to a charge of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011 that knowingly understated the income the couple received.</p><p>Jackson&#39;s father, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, sat in the front row. Before the hearing started, he wrote notes on a small piece of paper. When the proceedings started, he sat expressionless and virtually motionless, hands folded. Several other family members also attended.</p><p>Jesse Jackson Jr., wearing a blue shirt and blue-patterned tie and gray suit, answered a series of questions from the judge, mostly in a muffled tone. When the judge asked if he had consumed any drugs or alcohol in the previous 24 hours, Jackson said he had a beer Tuesday night.</p><p>As the proceedings wound up, Jackson sat at the defense table, furrowed his brow and shook his head, in what looked like an expression of disbelief. After the hearing was adjourned, he walked over to his wife, grabbed her hand, and then was greeted by his father. Jackson Jr. patted his father on the back a few times.</p><p>&quot;Tell everybody back home I&#39;m sorry I let them down, OK?&quot; Jackson told Chicago Sun-Times Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet, according to her Tweet from the scene.</p><p>Jackson, 47, used campaign money to buy items including a $43,350 gold-plated men&#39;s Rolex watch and $9,587.64 worth of children&#39;s furniture, according to court papers filed in the case. His wife spent $5,150 on fur capes and parkas, the court documents said. Prosecutors said that upon conviction Jackson must forfeit $750,000, plus tens of thousands of dollars&#39; worth of memorabilia items and furs.</p><p>More details emerged in a 22-page statement compiled by prosecutors, filed Wednesday, in which Jackson admitted that he and his wife used campaign credit cards to buy 3,100 personal items worth $582,772.58 from 2005 through April of last year. Personal expenditures at restaurants, nightclubs and lounges cost $60,857.04. Personal expenditures at sports clubs and lounges cost $16,058.91, including maintaining a family membership at a gym. Personal spending for alcohol cost $5,814.43. Personal spending for dry cleaning cost $14,513.42.</p><p>Among the individual purchases made with campaign credit cards:</p><p>&mdash;A $466 dinner for two of &quot;a personal nature&quot; at Mandarin Oriental&#39;s CityZen restaurant.</p><p>&mdash;A washer, a dryer, a range and a refrigerator for the Jacksons&#39; Chicago home.</p><p>&mdash;Multiple flat-screen televisions, multiple Blu-Ray DVD players and numerous DVDs for their Washington, D.C., home.</p><p>&mdash;A five-day health retreat for one of Mrs. Jackson&#39;s relatives.</p><p>&mdash;Stuffed animals and accessories for them.</p><p>&mdash;Goods at Costco, from video games to toilet paper.</p><p>The charge against Sandra Jackson carries a maximum of three years in prison. However, one of her lawyers, Tom Kirsch, says the plea agreement &quot;does not contemplate a sentence of that length.&quot; Sandra Jackson was a Chicago alderman before she resigned last month during the federal investigation.</p><p>One of Jackson&#39;s lawyers, Reid H. Weingarten, told reporters after the hearing that there&#39;s reason for optimism.</p><p>&quot;A man that talented, a man that devoted to public service, a man who&#39;s done so much for so many, has another day. There will be another chapter in Jesse Jackson&#39;s life,&quot; he said.</p><p>Weingarten said that his client has &quot;serious health issues. And those health issues are directly related to his present predicament. That&#39;s not an excuse, that&#39;s just a fact. And Jesse&#39;sturned the corner there as well. There&#39;s reason for optimism here too. Jesse&#39;s gotten great treatment, he&#39;s has great doctors, and I think he&#39;s gotten his arms around his problem.&quot;</p><p>As the hearing for Jackson got under way Wednesday, newly filed court papers disclosed that the judge had offered to disqualify himself from handling the cases against Jackson and his wife.</p><p>As a Harvard Law School student, Wilkins said he had supported the presidential campaign ofJackson&#39;s father and that as an attorney in 1999, Wilkins had been a guest on a show hosted by Jackson&#39;s father.</p><p>Prosecutors and lawyers for the couple said they were willing to proceed with the cases with Wilkins presiding. Judicial ethics require that a judge disqualify himself if his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.</p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-wife-appear-court-105630 Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to unlawful use of campaign funds http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-pleads-guilty-unlawful-use-campaign-funds-105563 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/jjjr_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO &mdash; In a spectacular fall from political prominence, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed Friday to plead guilty to federal charges growing out of what prosecutors said was a scheme to use $750,000 in campaign funds for lavish personal expenses, including a $43,000 gold watch and furs.</p><p>Federal prosecutors filed one charge of conspiracy against the former Chicago congressman and charged his ex-alderman wife, Sandra, with one count of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011 that knowingly understated the income the couple received. Both agreed to plead guilty in plea deals with federal prosecutors.</p><p>The son of a famed civil rights leader, Jackson, a Democrat, entered Congress in 1995 and resigned last November. Sandi, as she&#39;s known, was a Chicago alderman, but resigned last month amid the federal investigation.</p><p>Jackson used campaign money to buy such things as a $43,350 on a gold-plated, men&#39;s Rolex watch and $9,587.64 on children&#39;s furniture, according to court papers filed in the case. His wife spent $5,150 on fur capes and parkas, the document said.</p><p>&quot;I offer no excuses for my conduct, and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made,&quot; the ex-congressman said in a written statement released by his lawyers. &quot;I want to offer my sincerest apologies ... for my errors in judgment and while my journey is not yet complete, it is my hope that I am remembered for things that I did right.&quot;</p><p>The government said, &quot;Defendant Jesse L. Jackson Jr., willingly and knowingly, used approximately $750,000 from the campaign&#39;s accounts for personal expenses&quot; that benefited him and his co-conspirator, who was not named in the one-count criminal information filed in the case. The filing of a criminal information means a defendant has waived the right to have a grand jury consider the case; it is used by federal prosecutors when they have reached a deal for a guilty plea.</p><p>The prosecutors&#39; court filing said that upon conviction, Jackson must forfeit $750,000, plus tens of thousands of dollars worth of memorabilia items and furs. The memorabilia includes a football signed by U.S. presidents, a Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen guitar, a Michael Jackson fedora, Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia, Malcolm X memorabilia, Jimi Hendrix memorabilia and Bruce Lee memorabilia &mdash; all from a company called Antiquities of Nevada.</p><p>Published reports said Jackson could face 46 to 57 months in prison under sentencing guidelines, but there was no immediate confirmation of what, if any, sentence he and prosecutors had agreed to recommend to U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton, who was assigned the case.</p><p>Tom Kirsch, an attorney for Jackson&#39;s wife said she has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and would plead guilty to one tax count.</p><p>Kirsch said his client and her husband have supported each other. He said the episode has been stressful for Sandi Jackson, but she &quot;expected to be held responsible ... and wants to put (it) behind her and her family.&quot;</p><p>The charge against Sandi Jackson carries a maximum of three-year prison sentence. But Kirsch says the agreement &quot;does not contemplate a sentence of that length.&quot;</p><p>The court papers said that Jackson filed false financial reports with the U.S. House of Representatives in an attempt to conceal his and his wife&#39;s conversion of campaign funds for their personal benefit.</p><p>A black and red cashmere cape cost $1,500, a mink reversible parka cost $1,200 and a black fox reversible cost $1,500, prosecutors wrote.</p></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-pleads-guilty-unlawful-use-campaign-funds-105563 Chicago’s 7th Ward lands a new alderman http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago%E2%80%99s-7th-ward-lands-new-alderman-105462 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/holmes.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated: 4 p.m.</em></p><p>In his first city council appointment, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plucked a political unknown to replace the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/sandi-jackson-resigns-chicago-city-council-104863">beleaguered Sandi Jackson</a> of the 7th Ward.</p><p>The mayor selected Natashia Holmes, a former official at the Illinois Department of Transportation and policy expert.</p><p>This marks the end of a political dynasty for two South Side families. For the first time in decades the alderman will not have the last name of either Beavers or Jackson. William Beavers &mdash; now a Cook County commissioner &mdash; served several terms. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Beaver&rsquo;s daughter Darcel to the seat. Jackson beat her in 2007 and served until last month.</p><p>&ldquo;Natashia represents a clear break with the past and a new beginning. She does not come out of either families or histories of political institutions. She&rsquo;s always been interested one way or another [in] public service,&rdquo; Emanuel said. &ldquo;Here we have a situation in the 7th Ward, given the history, and we should be cognizant and open about it, that you have somebody that doesn&rsquo;t come out of that and I think that&rsquo;s a good thing ... It&rsquo;s an opportunity for a fresh start.</p><p>Holmes has worked for Metro Strategies, a planning policy and public affairs firm based in Glen Ellyn, Ill. She has served on a local school council and worked as a senior transportation associate for the Metropolitan Planning Council. She has a B.S. from Alabama State University, a master of community planning from Auburn University and a law degree from Kent College of Law.</p><p>Holmes delivered a few scripted remarks before Emanuel whisked her away, following a brief press conference at South Shore Public Library.</p><p>When asked what her priorities will be, Holmes didn&rsquo;t give specifics.</p><p>&ldquo;This is all new, it&rsquo;s starting just now. So the first thing I want to do is get out there, know every street in the ward, know all the community groups, talk to those organizations and business groups who&rsquo;ve been here and involved in the community,&rdquo; Holmes said.</p><p>It took Emanuel a month &mdash; nearly to the day &mdash; to fill Ald. Jackson&rsquo;s seat. In a letter dated Jan. 11, Ald. Jackson wrote to Emanuel, stating that she was leaving her office &ldquo;with a heavy heart.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;[I] am unapologetically a wife and a mother and I cannot deny my commitment to those most important personal responsibilities,&rdquo; Jackson wrote. &ldquo;To that end, after much consideration and while dealing with very painful family health matters I have met with my family and determined that the constituents of the 7th Ward, as well as you Mr. Mayor, and my colleagues in the City Council deserve a partner who can commit all of their energies to the business of the people.&rdquo;</p><p>Her husband Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress in November and recent reports say he&rsquo;s signed a plea deal with the feds for misuse of campaign funds. Reports also say possible plea discussions were continuing in an investigation of Sandi Jackson. Last month Emanuel named five members to a committee to screen 7th Ward candidates and also set up a website for candidates to apply. The committee narrowed eligible applicants to a small group for him to interview. Sixty-five people applied.</p><p>The members of the committee were: Susan Motley, Community Activist; Rev. Marrion Johnson, Sr., Founding Pastor, Come Alive Ministry of Faith; Echelle M. Mohn, Founder of EMUJ Network and longtime 7th Ward Resident; Michelle Harris, City Council President Pro Tempore and Felicia Davis, Executive Director, Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Public Engagement.</p><p>In her online application (see below), Holmes said the most pressing issues of the 7th Ward include random acts of violent crimes, unemployment, the school dropout rate and lack of access to quality social and retail services.</p><p>&ldquo;I do not have a single set of ideas that can address this myriad of of problems, but I would start with empowering community organizations that engage parents, residents, seniors and young adults; work with the local chamber to develop a small business incubator to help entrepreneurs; work with local companies to establish technology based job training centers; and engage the block clubs and neighborhood associations to engage in activities that promote healthy living and neighborhood safety,&rdquo; Holmes wrote.</p><p>Mia Henry is an activist in South Shore who helped spearhead the campaign to get rid of Jackson from the ward because of her absenteeism. Henry also applied to be the new alderman, but she said she&rsquo;s pleased with the selection of Holmes and happy for new leadership.</p><p>&ldquo;She brings a lot to the table. I&rsquo;m definitely looking forward to meeting her and working with her to revitalize the community,&rdquo; Henry said. She added that foreclosures and economic development are major issues for the ward.</p><p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/124952196/Natashia-Lynnette-Holmes-application-for-7th-Ward-Alderman" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Natashia Lynnette Holmes' application for 7th Ward Alderman. on Scribd">Natashia Lynnette Holmes&#39; application for 7th Ward Alderman.</a> by <a href="http://www.scribd.com/WBEZ915" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Chicago Public Media's profile on Scribd">Chicago Public Media</a></p><p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.772875816993464" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="800" id="doc_66237" scrolling="no" src="http://www.scribd.com/embeds/124952196/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-2m6mv84ko0itanbpllnk" width="600"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago%E2%80%99s-7th-ward-lands-new-alderman-105462 Time for a Chicago murder commission? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/time-chicago-murder-commission-105342 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/kernercomission.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong><a href="http://www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives/exhibit/Centennial/centennial_turmoil.htm" target="_blank"><img alt="National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma)" src="http://www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives/exhibit/Centennial/WKWB%208/kernercomission.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 137px; float: right;" /></a>CALL FOR A MURDER COMMISSION.&nbsp;</strong><em>Chicago Magazine</em>&#39;s <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/February-2013/Should-the-Government-Respond-to-Chicagos-Murder-Problem-With-a-New-Kerner-Commission/">Whet Moser says Newt Gingrich may be on to something</a> when he calls for hearings on Chicago&#39;s violence. Moser suggests as a model President Johnson&#39;s <strong>National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders</strong>, more popularly known as the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerner_Commission" target="_blank">Kerner Commission</a>&nbsp;--&nbsp;which concluded, among other things, that &quot;<a href="http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.org/docs/kerner.pdf">white racism is essentially responsible for the explosive mixture ... accumulating in our cities since the end of World War II</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://guns.periscopic.com/" target="_blank">Animated graphic</a>&nbsp;shows years of human life&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/02/years-guns-take-away-human-lives/61768/" target="_blank">2010 gun violence claimed in the U.S.</a><br />* Is <a href="http://www.nextnewdeal.net/women-are-less-safe-gayle-trotter%E2%80%99s-world" target="_blank">a society with more guns safer for women</a>?<br />* Mark Konkol: &quot;Dear Fellow Chicagoan: <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130131/chicago-citywide/dear-fellow-chicagoan-you-are-not-snitch" target="_blank">I know you saw the guy who shot and killed Hadiya Pendleton</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>WHEN THE PRESIDENT CAN HAVE YOU KILLED.&nbsp;</strong>NBC News has a copy of <a href="http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/020413_DOJ_White_Paper.pdf" target="_blank">a secret Justice Department memo</a> that it says concludes &quot;<a href="http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/04/16843014-exclusive-justice-department-memo-reveals-legal-case-for-drone-strikes-on-americans" target="_blank">the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens ... even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.</a>&quot;<br />* American Civil Liberties Union lawyer: The memo &quot;<a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/justice-departments-white-paper-targeted-killing" target="_blank">manages to underscore ... the recklessness of the government&#39;s central claim</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>THE FAMILY THAT&#39;S PROBED TOGETHER ...&nbsp;</strong>Former&nbsp;Ald. Sandi Jackson is now the target of her very own federal investigation, independent of the investigation until now primarily aimed at her husband, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18014137-761/exclusive-feds-now-investigating-former-ald-sandi-jackson-sources.html" target="_blank">a source tells the&nbsp;<em>Sun-Times</em></a>.<br />* After questions about $44,000,&nbsp;<a href="http://Contact Subscribe E-paper TV Weekly Reader Services Advertise with Us Select a Publication or Site 19°F Mostly Cloudy Good Morning Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Site All Papers YAHOO! Register for free | Login Home Autos Homes Jobs Pets Auto Show Good to Know Daily Splash Cause &amp; Event Year in review: 2012 Politics blog Season Pass Sunday Splash News Sports Business Opinions Lifestyles Columnists Entertainment Travel Ebert Classifieds Sweet Obits Sneed Ald. 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VERY OFTEN.&#39; </strong><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130204/loop/lyric-opera-fire-blowing-stilt-walker-burns-self-during-wagner-production" target="_blank">A fifth-grader reacts</a> to &quot;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18013593-761/fire-breathing-stilt-walker-severely-burned-at-lyric-opera-rehearsal.html" target="_blank">a carnival trick gone wrong</a>&quot; that sent a fire-breathing stilt walker from the Lyric Opera stage to the hospital.<br />* Photographer: &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-actor-injured-during-lyric-opera-dress-rehearsal-20130204,0,3532451.story" target="_blank">He was staggering across the stage and then fell off his stilts</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;NOBODY FROM THE BUSINESS SIDE OF THE COMPANY WILL EVER HAVE ANY AUTHORITY OVER MY STORIES.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;That&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/202870/greg-sandoval-who-quit-cnet-joins-the-verge/" target="_blank">the assurance reporter Greg Sandoval says he got from&nbsp;<em>The Verge</em></a>, where he&#39;s going to work after quitting CNET over parent company CBS&#39; interference with editorial coverage.<br />* Newspaper owner&nbsp;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/02/04/newspaper-owner-fires-business-side-staffers-to-boost-editorial/" target="_blank">fires business-side staffers, gives editorial team raises</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/fox-news-monitors-geraldo-as-he-mulls-political-office/" target="_blank">Fox News monitoring Geraldo Rivera</a>&nbsp;as he considers a run for the Senate.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/02/04/oreo_super_bowl_blackout_tweet_dazzles_twitter_reveals_low_bar_for_brands.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Oreo's tweet" src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BCOVrUMCIAAdN5J.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 150px; float: right;" /></a>BIG FACEBOOK IS WATCHING.</strong> When you hover over an ad in Facebook, you&#39;ll get <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/facebook-to-tell-users-they-are-being-tracked/" target="_blank">a popup advisory</a> that your online actions are being tracked.<br />* <em>Slate: </em>&quot;<strong><a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/02/04/oreo_super_bowl_blackout_tweet_dazzles_twitter_reveals_low_bar_for_brands.html" target="_blank">The Half-Decent Oreo Tweet That Dazzled a Nation</a></strong>.&quot;<br />* Twitter may be <a href="http://gigaom.com/2013/02/04/how-social-media-is-becoming-as-important-a-live-event-as-the-live-event-itself/" target="_blank">creating more must-see TV</a>.<br />* New Netflix series &quot;House of Cards&quot; reviewed: &quot;I loved watching it, <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/02/netflix-house-of-cards-marathon/61784/" target="_blank">I&#39;m just not sure I loved <em>how</em> I watched it</a>.&quot;</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* Thanks for a fun <a href="http://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/130204-morning-shift-seg-c" target="_blank">chat on the radio</a>,&nbsp;Randi Belisomo Hernandez.</em><br /><em>* Get this blog by email. Sign up&nbsp;<a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/time-chicago-murder-commission-105342 Emanuel: Open process for Jackson's council seat http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-open-process-jacksons-council-seat-105026 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sandi_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel says a four-member commission will help him select Sandi Jackson&#39;s replacement on the Chicago City Council.</p><p>Jackson is the wife of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned in November citing ongoing treatment for bipolar disorder.</p><p>Last week Sandi Jackson also stepped down from office, saying she couldn&#39;t adequately represent her South Side ward while dealing with &quot;very painful health matters.&quot;</p><p>In a statement Friday, Emanuel says the process to replace Sandi Jackson will be open and transparent. Applications will be available online beginning Monday and the deadline to apply is Jan. 25.</p><p>Emanuel says he&#39;s looking for someone with a record of community engagement who will be ready to work &quot;on day one.&quot;</p><p>He says he wants to have someone in place by mid-February.</p></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-open-process-jacksons-council-seat-105026 'Morning Shift' #85: The second amendment is first on our minds http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-01-14/morning-shift-85-second-amendment-first-our-minds <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/anti gun at wh.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-85-the-second-amendment-is-first-on.js"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-85-the-second-amendment-is-first-on" target="_blank">View the story "'Morning Shift' #85: The second amendment is first on our minds" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-01-14/morning-shift-85-second-amendment-first-our-minds Sandi Jackson resigns from Chicago City Council http://www.wbez.org/news/sandi-jackson-resigns-chicago-city-council-104863 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sandi.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In a move that marks the end of a Chicago political dynasty, Ald. Sandi Jackson resigned on Friday, less than two months after her husband, Jesse Jackson Jr., <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/rep-jesse-jackson-jr-resigns-congress-103969" target="_blank">stepped down</a> from his long-time congressional seat.</p><p>Alderman Jackson, who has been representing the 7th Ward on the South Side since 2007, sent a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel just after 3 p.m. Friday saying &ldquo;with a heavy heart&rdquo; she is planning to step down on Tuesday.</p><p>&ldquo;[I] am unapologetically a wife and a mother and I cannot deny my commitment to those most important personal responsibilities,&rdquo; Ald. Jackson said in her resignation letter, released by the mayor&rsquo;s office. &ldquo;To that end, after much consideration and while dealing with very painful family health matters I have met with my family and determined that the constituents of the 7th Ward, as well as you Mr. Mayor, and my colleagues in the City Council deserve a partner who can commit all of their energies to the business of the people.&rdquo;</p><p>Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned his U.S. House seat the day before Thanksgiving, citing ongoing health issues and a federal investigation.</p><p>Representative Jackson had been gone from Capitol Hill for six months as he was treated for bipolar disorder. During his absence, news came out that the congressman was the target of a federal probe, reportedly relating to spending from his campaign accounts.</p><p>Subsequent news reports, citing unnamed sources, said Ald. Jackson was part of the investigation as well. The alderman didn&rsquo;t mention the legal troubles in her resignation letter. Just last month, Jackson <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/ald-sandi-jackson-i-am-not-resigning-104331" target="_blank">told reporters</a> she had no plans to resign, despite the firestorm surrounding her family.</p><p>&ldquo;My constituents are people who depend on me to be there for them and I will continue to work hard on their behalf,&rdquo; Ald. Jackson said in December. &ldquo;I intend to finish my term.&quot;</p><p>It&rsquo;s unclear who will replace Jackson in the City Council. The deadline to hold a special election for her seat has passed, and it seems likely the mayor will appoint someone to finish out her term.</p><p>But in a statement Friday, Emanuel said he wouldn&rsquo;t announce plans for Jackson&rsquo;s succession until early next week.</p><p>&ldquo;As Sandi takes this time to focus on her family, we give her our deepest thanks and support for her service to our City and the residents of her ward,&rdquo; Emanuel said in a statement. &ldquo;Her leadership has been greatly appreciated in the Chicago City Council.&rdquo;</p></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/sandi-jackson-resigns-chicago-city-council-104863 Dems fail to endorse a candidate in crowded race for Congressman Jackson's seat http://www.wbez.org/news/dems-fail-endorse-candidate-crowded-race-congressman-jacksons-seat-104404 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/IL2 slating zuccarelli tim bradford WBEZ Alex Keefe.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://pinterest.com/wbez/who-is-and-isn-t-running-for-congress/" target="_blank">crowded field</a> of candidates running to replace <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/rep-jesse-jackson-jr-resigns-congress-103969">Jesse Jackson Jr.</a> in Congress isn&#39;t getting any smaller.</p><p>Democratic Party bosses from Chicago&#39;s South Side and south suburbs failed to rally behind a single candidate at a slating session Saturday, despite hearing hours of political pitches from 16 candidates.</p><p>After about 90 minutes of private deliberations, the Democratic Committeemen emerged to announce they couldn&#39;t find enough common ground to endorse a single candidate, meaning the Feb. 26 primary for the 2<sup>nd</sup> Congressional District seat would be open.</p><p>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s gonna be a tough race,&rdquo; said Thornton Township Committeeman Frank Zuccarelli, who chaired the slating committee. &ldquo;But we&rsquo;ve had tougher races in the past and we&rsquo;ve been able to survive. So we&rsquo;ve got confidence that the voters of the district are gonna make the right decision.&rdquo;</p><p>Zuccarelli, who controlled about two-thirds of the weighted vote needed to get the party&rsquo;s nod, still couldn&rsquo;t convince other Chicago and suburban committeemen to back his chosen candidate, veteran State Sen. Donne Trotter.</p><p>Indeed, party bosses heaped the most praise upon Trotter during his turn at the lectern, despite his <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-state-lawmaker-arrested-pistol-ohare-104217">arrest at O&rsquo;Hare International Airport last week</a> after being caught with a handgun at a security checkpoint. Committeemen allowed Trotter to speak and answer questions for about 38 minutes &ndash; longer than any other candidate &ndash; but no one asked about his felony gun charge.</p><p>At one point, even Trotter seemed to acknowledge he was being softballed: &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t disagree with you saying I&rsquo;m great,&rdquo; he said, drawing laughter from the committeemen.</p><p>Under the arcane rules of Illinois Democratic Party slating, not all committeemen are created equal. Party bosses&rsquo; votes are weighted differently, based on the Democratic turnout in their district in the last primary.</p><p>The party&rsquo;s failure to anoint a single chosen candidate means congressional hopefuls will jockey to distinguish themselves from the rest of the crowded field.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know that anything went wrong,&rdquo; Zuccarelli said. &ldquo;I think there were so many good candidates that it was difficult for everybody to decide who they wanted to vote for. There were several candidates that got lots of votes.&rdquo;</p><p>But he refused to release the vote totals.</p><p>Notably absent from Saturday&rsquo;s slating session was Jackson&rsquo;s wife, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/ald-sandi-jackson-i-am-not-resigning-104331">Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson</a>, who had said earlier this week that she planned to attend. She apparently handed her more than 7,700 votes over to Zuccarelli, giving him 27,879 votes to award.</p><p>Alderman Jackson&rsquo;s spot remained empty during the four hours of testimony from candidates, save for the purses that two committeewomen set on the chair that had been reserved for her.</p><p>The hopefuls who sought the backing of the powerful Democratic operation Saturday ranged from long-time pols to political long-shots, including pastors, a dentist and an ex-NFL player who was just elected to the Illinois State Senate.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m running as a protest run, since we got 2,000 people running for this office, anyway,&rdquo; said Will Crosby, self-described voting rights activist.</p><p>Other candidates who sought the party&rsquo;s endorsement included Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale; former State Rep. Robin Kelly, who also served as chief of staff to an Illinois treasurer; State Sen. Toi Hutchinson; former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson; Rev. Anthony Williams; and State Sen.-elect Napoleon Harris, the former NFL player.</p><p>Democrats are strongly favored to win the heavily Democratic, predominately black 2<sup>nd</sup> Congressional District on the April 9 general election. A couple of Republicans have announced their candidacies, but the head of the state GOP says the party will not be picking favorites for the primary.</p></p> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 18:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/dems-fail-endorse-candidate-crowded-race-congressman-jacksons-seat-104404 Ald. Sandi Jackson: 'I am not resigning" http://www.wbez.org/news/ald-sandi-jackson-i-am-not-resigning-104331 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/RS5126_AP120309144885.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Alderman Sandi Jackson (7th Ward) said she&rsquo;s not resigning from her City Council position and she&rsquo;s not running for her husband&rsquo;s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.</p><p>&ldquo;My constituents are people who depend on me to be there for them and I will continue to work hard on their behalf,&rdquo; Jackson said. &ldquo;I intend to finish my term.&quot;</p><p>Her husband, former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/rep-jesse-jackson-jr-resigns-congress-103969">resigned last month</a>. In his resignation letter, Jackson acknowledged that he is under federal investigation for the first time.</p><p>Since then, there&rsquo;s been talk that his wife could potentially replace him in Congress. Jackson knocked down that rumor outside of a city council meeting Tuesday.</p><p>&ldquo;I really wish people wouldn&rsquo;t pay attention to rumors,&rdquo; Jackson said. &ldquo;This is not reality TV... this is real life.&rdquo;</p><p>She also addressed her attendence record in city council. Before this year, Jackson said she&#39;s rarely missed a city council meeting &mdash; but this has been a tough year.</p><p>&quot;I can&#39;t control when sickness happens,&quot; Jackson said. &quot;I don&#39;t think anyone would blame me for trying to be a good wife and trying to be by my husband&#39;s side when he was hospitalized.&quot;</p><p>Jackson said she hasn&rsquo;t decided who she will support in the special election.</p></p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/ald-sandi-jackson-i-am-not-resigning-104331