Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Reports: J3 signs plea deal
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Reports: J3 signs plea deal

Friday, Feb 8, 2013

* Both Sneed and NBC5 say that former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. has signed a plea deal with the feds

Under the terms of the deal Jackson signed, he pleads guilty and his fate – as to jail time – would be in the hands of a federal judge, not yet assigned.

He would repay the government hundreds of thousands of dollars – for items like the $40,000 Rolex watch, travel expenses for a woman he described as a “social acquaintance” and furniture purchased for his home.

Converting campaign contributions for personal use is strictly prohibited by federal law. It opens Jackson up to “not more than 5 years” in prison.


(T)hose with knowledge of the investigation believe the loose ends now deal with Jackson’s wife, former Alderman Sandi Jackson, and whether or not she is ultimately charged.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 11:57 am:

    It seems he’s off the hook for the Senate seat. But once you attract the feds attention, they keep going.

  2. - OneMan - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:05 pm:

    Well we have all seen this coming, still rather sad…

  3. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:05 pm:

    I think Sandi’s only chance is to ask for a “Vrodlyak Special” if it comes to doing time for … her.

  4. - Kasich Walker, Jr. - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:06 pm:

    Let bygones be bygones.

    If he can get all IL pols to denounce Peotone Int’l plans, the state will get a lot more back than a few hundred thou and a rolex.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:09 pm:

    Apoligies, “Fast Eddie”

    “Vrdolyak Special”

    If I am going to use it, spell it Right!

  6. - VanillaMan - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:14 pm:

    Promises, promises
    Sung by Naked Eyes, enhanced by VanillaMan

    Never had a doubt
    In the beginning
    Never a doubt
    Trusted too true
    In the beginning
    After Gus, Mel, now you
    The Jackson family ruled like kings
    Rolexes, booze business and silly things

    You made us
    Promises, promises
    Knowing we’d believe
    Promises, promises
    You knew you’d never keep

    Re-elections abound
    A place for Sandy
    Words that you said
    In backrooms with Blago
    “Our guy forever”
    Still repeats in my head
    You can’t finish what you start
    Hiding at Mayo broke our heart

    You made us
    Promises, promises
    But now you atone
    The chance we’ll forgive
    Is about as good as Peotone

  7. - Hank - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:31 pm:

    Perhaps he will get lucky and draw judge Cynthia Brim!

  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:39 pm:

    VMan - You talents have been missed, then when you come back, we realize how MUCH they really were missed…

  9. - Will Caskey - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:51 pm:

    Why is he repaying the government if the charge is using campaign contributions for personal use? He stole from his donors, not uncle Sam.


  10. - MrJM - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:56 pm:

    Happier days:

    – MrJM

  11. - Mr.Big Trouble - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:07 pm:

    As much as I have disliked both he and his father over the years, I feel a bit of sympathy for him in the household he was brought up in. It messed him up, but ultimately, we are all responsible for our own transgressions. You can beg for forgiveness, and receive it, but justice still demands a penalty, which he will get ,and which he deserves.

  12. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:08 pm:


    Punitive damages, maybe? Makes sense to me. Donors are supporters. Therefore, they 1) might not want the money back, 2) might have an idea as to how the funds were being spent (see some of the comments on other blogs saying “So what? Pols work hard for the money”), and 3) therefore an unwillingness to “participate” in the prosecution.

    Exemplary damages paid to the Feds seems to be sending a message. Wrong is wrong–no matter what the donors may think, and possibly get in return to their benefit.

  13. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:10 pm:

    Furthermore, I have a sneakin’ suspicion that all of this is going to set a whole new precedent somehow.

  14. - DuPage Dave - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:13 pm:

    I guess this means the feds were waiting for George Ryan to clear space before sending Jackson to the slammer. Good riddance.

  15. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:16 pm:

    Another way to look at it, the crime isn’t against the donors, some of whom may be “complicit”. It’s against the People.

  16. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:17 pm:

    And hence, a criminal prosecution v. a tort action.

  17. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:33 pm:

    And just to clarify: I was using the term “punitive damages” loosely. In criminal cases, I believe payments are referred to as “fines,” but the intent is the same. It’s to set an example–in addition to any prison time that may be imposed.

  18. - LincolnLounger - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:37 pm:

    Oh, the machinations that must be going on to determine the assignment of a judge to that particular case.

  19. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:45 pm:

    =(T)hose with knowledge of the investigation believe the loose ends now deal with Jackson’s wife…=

    I’m wondering whether that’s where the “plea” part of the bargain came in and/or whether there’s more to the deal.

  20. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:45 pm:

    –Oh, the machinations that must be going on to determine the assignment of a judge to that particular case.–

    Federal judge? Who’s doing the machinations? With whom?

    I suspect if Trips had the pull to corrupt a federal judge or the Justice Department, he wouldn’t be where he’s at now.

  21. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:49 pm:

    Well said, word.

  22. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:49 pm:

    Wonder if JJJ’s been gossiping about the neighbors?

    You don’t think - naaaahhh. No way. These guys never sing.

    Oh, yeah. Silly me. I almost forgot:

    === Sneed hears former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is now singing with the voice of an anxious canary. Sneed also hears rumbles the feds are very interested in a powerful dem femme, who is not an alderman. Stay tuned. ===

    Down the rabbit hole we go, friends.

    Where it leads, only the Feds know.

  23. - Will Caskey - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:51 pm:

    That’s actually a fascinating idea. One would think that pillaging one’s campaign fund harms no one but oneself, leaving one with that many fewer hard dollars to win re-election.

  24. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:52 pm:

    To add on to word’s comment, I’d like to believe that judges overall have little tolerance for cases that deal with “misuse of campaign funds,” considering the ethics they need to follow and the restrictions they happily honor when it comes to their own campaigns (if they’re elected v. appointed).

  25. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:59 pm:

    =One would think that pillaging one’s campaign fund harms no one but oneself, leaving one with that many fewer hard dollars to win re-election.=

    Not when there really are no limit. (”Oh what to do with all that money? No one will notice if just take a little here for this and that and… Nip. Tuck. Snip. Snap.)

  26. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:03 pm:

    –One would think that pillaging one’s campaign fund harms no one but oneself, leaving one with that many fewer hard dollars to win re-election.–

    Well, a $40,000 Rolex and a little strange can be such a comfort when one is harming himself by pillaging his campaign fund.

    C’mon, man. When was the last time Trips was worried about re-election? Same goes for the great majority of reps.

    A little less recklessness, and the federales never even bring the heat. But when they do, katie-bar-the-door…

  27. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:05 pm:

    Wooosh…score another point for word! (You are on a roll!)

  28. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:16 pm:

    Re: Sneed’s article–The “Boobies Rock” tid bit is also interesting. Charities, NFPs, “advocates” for the least fortunate and often most honored. Hmmm….

  29. - Deep South - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:25 pm:

    ===I guess this means the feds were waiting for George Ryan to clear space before sending Jackson to the slammer. Good riddance.===

    I think the law allows only so many Illinois politicians to be in jail at the same time.

  30. - Boone Logan Square - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:29 pm:

    Now my Friday afternoon earworm’s guaranteed to be the Handsome Family’s “Moving Furniture Around.”

  31. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:46 pm:

    Not Donna Summer’s “She Works For The Money,” Square?

  32. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:49 pm:

    V-Man, please tell me I might have perhaps “a-mused” and inspired just one more time as it would be so wonderful to hear (though you certainly have been doing well on your own and obviously need no help). :)

  33. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:53 pm:

    Sorry…obviously “Not Donna Summer’s “She Works HARD For The Money,” Square?

    (Must be that Moderate Leaning Right prude I can *sometimes* be. lol)

  34. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 3:01 pm:

    I have been just reading and watching, - wordslinger - in the zone, and I got nothing to add.

  35. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 3:51 pm:

    Same here, Willy.

    As a smart guy once wrote, “there is nothing like a wordslinger takedown.”

  36. - walkinfool - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 4:01 pm:

    This strange attitude, that both the campaign resources, and the public servant job, should be leveraged directly for personal gain, is too, too common. Some treated me as foolishly naive to be dismayed by it. Some explained it as not unlike exaggerating your deductions on an income tax filing…”everyone does it to some extent.”

    Well, everyone doesn’t do it.

    This attitude is an aberration, and should be loudly denounced by all public office holders. There is little gray here, IMHO.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* ILGOP unleashes robocalls in wake of Senate tax hike vote
* It's just a bill
* Question of the day
* It's not 4.95 percent, it's 5.81 percent for the rest of this year
* Far more heat than light
* Caption contest!
* *** UPDATED x1 *** "Eyes are back on to the Senate"?
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Mendoza warns of "breaking point"
* Can an oligarch be a progressive?
* *** UPDATED x2 - Kennedy responds - Pawar responds *** Pritzker, Biss respond to Senate budget votes
* In her dreams
* Support High-Performing Charter Schools
* "I’m a big believer in win-win"
* Unkind headlines
* Modernize the Vital Records Act - Support HB 1785
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...










* Our View: Did your loved one have life insuranc.....
* Illinois Bonds an Opportunity for `Bold' Invest.....
* Illinois Bonds an Opportunity for 'Bold' Invest.....
* The Latest: Cullerton says OK'd budget had GOP .....
* *** UPDATED x1 *** “Eyes are back on to the Sen.....
* Illinois budget spotlight shifts to Madigan - C.....
* Illinois Democrats Pass Budget Proposal in Sena.....

* Raimondo attends fundraiser at home of former Playboy CEO
* Mayor seeks to revoke liquor license of club after shooting
* Decatur dad charged in crash that killed 1-year-old daughter
* Special prosecutor to probe Macon County misconduct claims
* Airlines have rules about taking photos, video on planes
* Chicago officials seek requests to overhaul Midway parking
* Indianapolis high school football star dies from shooting
* $100M gift to create University of Chicago health institute
* EXCHANGE: Company looks to put Peoria on the textile map
* Man accused of stealing $10 million in mortgage scheme

* House Democrats propose college grant program
* Senate Dems approve $5.4B tax increase; budget fight continues
* Budget showdown: Senate Dems approve $5.4B tax increase
* Budget showdown: Senate Dems approve $5B tax increase
* Red-light cameras rake in millions for Chicago suburbs
* Budget showdown: House Dems call on Rauner to negotiate
* Budget showdown: House Democrats call on Rauner to negotiate
* Illinois Senate plans to vote on budget today
* Museums team up for reflection on former Gov. James Thompson
* Workers' comp changes could face Illinois Senate vote

* CME chief recovering from collapsed lung
* Fate of Obamacare repeal teeters on CBO score
* 'Jurassic World' opens at the Field Museum
* DeVry parent changes name

* City Council cracks down on valet parking — again
* Melania’s hand swat was so not news
* Oh brother, really big walleye, Heidecke Lake: Fishes of the Week
* Aldermen propose cellphone privacy awareness act
* NBA All-Star Game will return to Charlotte in 2019
* Chicago Police officer pinned by car, suspect shot in Austin
* $3 million program would help police, fire, paramedics buy city homes
* Aurora police officers fired upon, return fire and strike suspect
* CME’s Terry Duffy covering from a collapsed lung
* Dreamcar is new ride for members of No Doubt, AFI

* All aboard: Joliet Rocket steamin' into town
* Cheap out: Five fun things to do for free
* Quigley says Russia probe is 'in its infancy'
* Chicago cop shoots suspect after pinned against car during West Side traffic stop
* Father, brothers of Manchester bomber arrested: 'Aware of the details of the attack'
* Blackhawks unveil plans for next month's NHL draft in Chicago
* Family of Naperville teen who committed suicide sues school, police
* Police officers fired upon on East Side of Aurora
* Duchossois family donates $100 million to University of Chicago Medicine
* April home sales down in Chicago as limited choices discourage buying

» United CEO To Investors: We'll Be More Focused On Customers
» Red-Light Cameras Rake In Millions For Chicago Suburbs
» Judge Delays Decision On How Quickly State Should Pay Medicaid
» How Would Trump’s Budget Affect Illinois?
» Illinois Democrats Pass Budget Proposal in Senate
» Illinois Senate Approves Tax Hike, $37B Budget Plan
» Chicago Teachers Give Schools Chief No Confidence Vote
» Palatine Transgender Student To Graduate, But Locker Room Debate Continues
» Unusual Suspects: Who Supports Stricter Punishment For Illinois’ Repeat Gun Offenders
» Springfield Developer, Lobbyist Pitch Downtown Casino

* Sounding the Alarm: Unacceptable
* House Democrats propose college grant program
* Senate Dems approve $5.4B tax increase; budget fight continues
* E.J. Dionne: Can the pope save Trump?
* Byron York: At this rate, it won't matter if Trump colluded with Russia
* Guest Column: Innovation key to improved public works infrastructure
* Catherine Rampell: To see how Trumpcare would work, look to Iowa
* Michael Gerson: Trump's house of betrayal
* Budget showdown: Senate Dems approve $5.4B tax increase
* Budget showdown: Senate Dems approve $5B tax increase

* May 29 Bob Asmussen chat
* Six sent to hospital after crash in Fairview Heights
* DeStihl tasting room opens Saturday
* 2017 Global Brass and Copper scholarship recipients announced
* Figge Art Museum to offer free admission starting Saturday
* Reunion salutes Sacred Heart school one last time
* 26-year-old Swansea man faces criminal sexual assault charge
* Granite City man charged for armed robbery, discharge of firearm
* 05-24-17 Penny for Your Thoughts
* Probation for former sheriff's employee charged with stealing government funds

* Shots fired at Aurora cops; several people arrested
* Fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' takes fans on disappointing journey
* Aldermen to relax shooting range rules
* Harper College dedicates lab to former CEO of Bison Gear
* Teen shot to death by brother was Maine West student

* Local Republicans, Democrats praise appoin...
* Common Cause seeks action to get Trump's t...
* House GOP takes first steps to undo financ...
* Jim Walz Will Challenge Randy Hultgren for...
* PHOTOS: Protesters stage die-in at Randy H...
* Protesters continue die-in at US Rep. Rand...
* US Rep. Randy Hultgren's office the scene ...
* Second Democrat announces bid to unseat Hu...
* Sweet: Hultgren, Roskam, Kinzinger avoid b...
* Teacher raised in Yorkville running agains...

* The GOP must fight against the Durbin amen......

* Inspector General Finds 'Cockroach Infesta......

* Through faith, reconnecting ‘two Chicagos’ divided by violence and inequality
* Confessions of a sniveling collectivist
* If your community news is slanted, Dan Proft may be to blame
* It must be campaign time in Illinois, ’cause someone ‘blew the cap’
* Kwame Raoul wants to stop the violence. Will his new bill accomplish this?
* Making sense of Putin's ‘ghastly trick’
* If only Chicago had been as cavalier about NATO gatherings as Trump is
* Potheads rejoice: Illinois lawmakers move to legalize recreational weed
* Trump’s proposed budget cuts would eviscerate aid to Chicago’s domestic violence victims, homeless services, lead poisoning screenings, and more
* Protest Paul Ryan by drinking beer

* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

* Apple Releases New Firmware Update for AirPods
* Galaxy S9 development already on with codename “Star”
* Canada Android Pay availability reportedly begins from May 31
* Apple Shares First Trailer for 'Can't Stop Won't Stop' Sean Combs Documentary
* Chuwi SurBook, light on its feet, stomps all over Indiegogo goal
* Amazon adds shoppable stickers to its iOS app
* [Video] Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy S8

* Quintana looks to avoid another no-decision
* Renteria uses NL maneuvers to guide club
* Trio of HRs not enough as White Sox fall in desert
* Keeping it 100: Abreu hits milestone homer
* Covey exits start in 3rd with oblique soreness
* Trio of HRs not enough as White Sox fall in desert
* Quintana looks to avoid another no-decision

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller