Chicago City Hall is reporting that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has chosen Natashia Holmes to replace Alderman Sandi Jackson. Prior to her recent resignation, Alderman Jackson represented Chicago's 7th Ward in Chicago's City Council.
Sandi is the wife of former Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., 47-year-old. She along with her husband, who also resigned, may do some "significant jail time" for their roles in the alleged misuse of campaign funds, according to NBC News. For years she received a $5,000 a month check from her husband as his political consultant.
Jackson Jr. recently signed a plea deal in a federal probe of his campaign finances. He resigned last November shortly after being reelected to the House. Jackson Jr. represented the Second Congressional District for nearly two decades. He is the son of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
He was treated for bipolar disorder, but also has been the subject of an ongoing federal investigation over campaign funds.
Separate from the federal investigation into Jackson’s campaign fund spending, a House ethics investigation continued over his actions in 2008, when he sought an appointment to fill the Senate seat vacated when President Barack Obama won the presidency. As part of an inquiry into actions by former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, who is serving prison time for trying to sell the appointment to President Obama’s senate seat, federal authorities said they learned that a close friend of Jackson had offered large campaign contributions to Blagojevich if Jackson was given the Senate job.
Meanwhile, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was recently released from federal prison after serving more than 5-years for corruption. In March 2012, another Illinois governor, Blagojevic, began a 14-year sentence in federal following his conviction at trials in 2010 and 2011 on 18 felony counts of corruption during his tenure as governor, including his effort in 2008 to illegally trade the appointment of a United States Senator in exchange for $1.5 million in campaign contributions or other personal benefits.