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BREAKING: Jesse Jackson Jr. to resign within the hour, according to report

posted at 1:57 pm on November 21, 2012 by

The Chicago Sun-Times has the Thanksgiving news dump from the troubled Illinois congressman:

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson is expected to tender his resignation from Congress within the hour, a source close to Jackson said Wednesday.

Jackson will hand in his resignation to House Speaker John Boehner, the source said.

Jackson had planned on a press conference to announce his resignation but was not able to bring himself to speak about it because of his illness, the source said.

The announcement comes after mounting pressure faced by Jackson as federal investigators appeared to widen their ongoing investigation into the congressman’s activities.

Jackson had just been re-elected by a large margin, but has been MIA on the Hill since about June and in and out of the Mayo Clinic, citing bi-polar disorder.

The Tribune names its source— Jackson’s brother, Jonathan. Jackson is under investigation for misusing campaign funds, and there’s this:

Rep. Jackson has been under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for alleged improprieties related to his bid to win appointment in 2008 to the Senate seat that had been held by President Barack Obama. A Jackson emissary is alleged to have offered to raise up to $6 million in campaign funds for disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for the governor appointing Jackson to the Senate seat.

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I take it he’s not getting a disability pension?

rbj on November 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM

He’ll be voted back into office.

ChunkyLover on November 21, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Maybe he can share a cell with Blagojevich. They can talk about old times and what might have been.

dhugh on November 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Ain’t no big thang, JJJ, homey Hank Johnson be all up in Congress wit his dis’bility, y0 y0 y0 y0.

Jeddite on November 21, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Jackson had planned on a press conference to announce his resignation but was not able to bring himself to speak about it because of his illness, the source said.

Corruption is now a medical condition?

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 2:13 PM

The sad thing is that if he ran for president, he would probably win.

milcus on November 21, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Jackson had planned on a press conference to announce his resignation but was not able to bring himself to speak about it because of his illness, the source said.

Pretty sure bipolar disorder doesn’t prevent you from speaking. He may not WANT to face the public regarding his resignation, but don’t blame the illness for the reluctance.

changer1701 on November 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM

That’s racist!!

I think…

Is it?

I’m so confused – everything is a dog whistle anymore…

Where’s my gin and tonic…

Happy Thanksgiving :)

FlyNavy on November 21, 2012 at 2:25 PM

We are really getting picky about our congressman these days. Come on, can’t we get him some kind of deal like Rangel got. He is a dem after all. He was ovewhelmingly re-elected. This is a disgrace. /sarc.

earlgrey133 on November 21, 2012 at 2:25 PM

“Jackson … not able to bring himself to speak about it because of his illness.”

Yeah, crack and MD 20/20 is a bad mix – it make you be illin’ every time.

Pork-Chop on November 21, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Coward.

JPeterman on November 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Look for some of JJJ’s angrier supporters to now demand the resignation of Sen. Mark Kirk.

(If you don’t recall, Kirk suffered a severe stroke back in January. From what I’ve seen, mentally he’s in good shape, and physically he’s improving. But, he still hasn’t made it back to the Senate yet.)

JimLennon on November 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Easiest way to have stopped JJJ’s recent landslide re-election: have all the ballots in IL-2 mistakenly label him as a Republican. I work in his district. Most voters here just blindly vote straight-party Democrat.

JimLennon on November 21, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Why we rebuilt that city after the big fire, I’ll never understand…

JohnGalt23 on November 21, 2012 at 2:36 PM

i spent 20+ years living in that bastard’s festering boil of a district. If we hadn’t escaped to TX in 2011, we might STILL be there.
DIAF 3 J.
DIAF!

annoyinglittletwerp on November 21, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Quitter.

Bobby Maurice on November 21, 2012 at 2:42 PM

the guy is bi-polar.. cut him some slack..

good luck to you JJJ

gatorboy on November 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

The Chicago Way…

d1carter on November 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

the guy is bi-polar.. cut him some slack..

good luck to you JJJ

gatorboy on November 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

eff that! Remember in 2010 when all those ‘Townhalls’ were going on.
well, Triple J decided that it would be good to have one. He did have one-that took place on the South side of Chicago…at night.
You know why he did that-rather than have it in the ‘burbs-or have one for the city and one for the ‘burbs? Most of his critics were likely to be white suburbanites…who would feel unsafe traveling to the ghetto(where he held it is a bad neighborhood even in the DAYTIME) @ night. By doing what he did-he could pay them no mind. I know know…I was one of them.
*UCK HIM!

annoyinglittletwerp on November 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM

bipolar? lol!

nathor on November 21, 2012 at 2:58 PM

The sad reality is that he will run in the special election and win.

Joseph Russo III on November 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Next up . . . jail!

Voter from WA State on November 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM

too bad his father isnt in jail too, they could have a family reunion.

ChunkyLover on November 21, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Looking forward to seeing this corrupt POS liberal frog-marched into Federal court, along with his skank political wife.

As for my family, friends, and neighbors who voted to re-elect this Marxist douchebag, they’ve got the government they deserve.

Jaibones on November 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Where will another crooked Democrat be found in Chicago to replace him? Gosh.

Moesart on November 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Hard to see an individual who worked so hard and earned his way into an elected position on merit only — not by virtue of his birth/name or anything like being married to an ex-President — have to suffer for being caught/outed for the two things most all contemporary Democrat politicians possess: corruption and mental illness …

/7% reality

ShainS on November 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Jaibones on November 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Remember his 2010 ‘townhall’…that was held around 109th and Kensington…at night?

annoyinglittletwerp on November 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Does the story mention who he sold his House seat to?

Ted Torgerson on November 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Jackson had just been re-elected by a large margin, but has been MIA on the Hill since about June and in and out of the Mayo Clinic, citing bi-polar disorder.

Who better to represent Chicago than a corrupt crazy person?

Socratease on November 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Only in Illinois could you have a government official, who is under investigation for numerous improprieties, and is spending his days in a mental ward, be re-elected for government office. Jesse Jackson junior just cruised to victory in his Congressional race from a hospital bed after avoiding both the press and his constituents.

avagreen on November 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Next up . . . jail!

Voter from WA State on November 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM

I think a cell in the Illinois prison wing devoted to Illinois politicians might be empty soon(or they could ask for some shovel ready stimulus $$$ to add-on…true cost maybe $100,000 but final cost $1,000,000).

teejk on November 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Not to worry…..Charlie Sheen has been appointed his replacement with Douglas “bought another judge” Kennedy as his chief of staff.

viking01 on November 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM

The sad thing is that if he ran for president, he would probably win.

milcus on November 21, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Don’t give him ideas.

Slowburn on November 21, 2012 at 3:46 PM

My main man and favorite Senator Mark K

irk will be in Congress again in January. He’s also not corrupt like Jackson.

Illinidiva on November 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

It’s bad when you are too corrupt for Chicago.

Moesart on November 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Corruption is now a medical condition?

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 2:13 PM

EVEN BETTER: Liberalism is now officially a Disease!!!

landlines on November 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Wait…he is resigning from his current seat. Wouldn’t he be able to turn around and be a congressman when the new congress assembles in January?

purpleslog on November 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

the guy is bi-polar.. cut him some slack..

good luck to you JJJ

liberal buttboy on November 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Get that out of your mouth…you don’t know where it’s been. Or do you?

Jaibones on November 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I take it he’s not getting a disability pension?

rbj on November 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Are we starting a “pool”? My guess is WILL wind up with a pension.

He’ll be voted back into office.

ChunkyLover on November 21, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I thought he had bee re-elected, no?

Not as a convicted felon. Part of the plea bargain is jail time. Maybe he can room with Blago.

Voter from WA State on November 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Years ago a scumbag in Florida wanted to run for office, but had a prior felony conviction (with hard time) hanging over him. One phone call to the Governor of NY had the felony removed, I believe, via a full pardon. Never underestimate the Corrupt-ocrats willingness to cover for their own.

oldleprechaun on November 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM

He has a brother? Oh.

Well, meet the next Congressman from Chicago.

Turn MD Red on November 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Bye.

eyesky on November 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Bi-polar disorder, if that is what he actually has, can range from mild to moderate to severe.

Even moderate to severe BPD can be incredibly debilitating.

Without significant mitigating circumstances however, he’s not going to skate on federal CF charges.

It will be interesting to hear the testimony of his expert witnesses, who will be well known psychiatrists…

CorporatePiggy on November 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

“Bigots and racists” — Clyburn

Schadenfreude on November 21, 2012 at 5:15 PM

He is just freeing himself up for the Chicago Black Friday Crack Sales.

Moesart on November 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

the guy is bi-polar.. cut him some slack..

good luck to you JJJ

gatorboy on November 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

He was well enough to break the law. You do know resigning from Congress is part of his plea deal, having nothing to do with his “illness”. I think we only have his word on that.

Night Owl on November 21, 2012 at 5:24 PM

It scorches my butt that this scum bag was allowed to keep his pension. Back in a better time, crime did NOT pay.

petefrt on November 21, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Jackson had planned on a press conference to announce his resignation but was not able to bring himself to speak about it because of his illness, the source said.

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaahahaha… Jackson is Chicago’s answer to Marion Barry, aka Ta bitch set me up.

petefrt on November 21, 2012 at 7:09 PM

the guy is bi-polar.. cut him some slack..

gatorboy on November 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

No.

Fallon on November 21, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Why we rebuilt that city after the big fire, I’ll never understand…

JohnGalt23 on November 21, 2012 at 2:36 PM

It really would have been better for the inhabitants to have dispersed. The entire city is a cesspit of crime and corruption.

MelonCollie on November 21, 2012 at 7:23 PM

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