Monday, December 12, 2016

Jesse Jr files for divorce from fellow jailbird Sandi

For the most part I stay away from divorce stories surrounding politicians. After all, sometimes marriages don't work out even for the best people. Ann Landers, for one, comes to mind.

No one will ever confused former US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and former Chicago City Council member Sandi Jackson of being a contemporary Landers.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has filed for divorce from his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, after 25 years of marriage, Cook County court records show.

Jackson Jr. filed a certificate of dissolution of marriage on Monday, according to the county's electronic court docket. Citing "irreconcilable differences" with his wife, he began the proceedings to divorce in Cook County in July, as Sandi Jackson was wrapping up a prison term she completed in October.

Sandi and Jesse Jackson both pleaded guilty in August 2013 to various schemes relating to the looting of his congressional campaign fund. The former South Side 7th Ward alderman and the former 2nd Congressional District lawmaker each went to prison for diverting $750,000 from campaign funds for their personal use between 2005 and 2012.

The former congressman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit false statements and mail and wire fraud, his wife to filing a false federal income tax return.

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