CHICAGO, November 16, 2012— The sordid tale of Chicago Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Alderman Sandi may not be as internationally alluring as Benghazi, the Petraeus scandal, Fast and Furious, the fiscal cliff, and other adminstration failures, but it should have Chicago media screaming loudly.
You remember Congressman Jackson don’t you? The congressman from Illinois who disappeared? The scion of the Right Reverend Jesse Jackson?
The House Ethics Committee was investigating Congressman Jackson over various improprieties. Then, when things looked grim and rough, he disappeared, poof, vanished into thin air.
First Jackson turns up in a rehab clinic in Arizona. Then he turns up in the esteemed Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Who knows where he was or what he was doing while crisscrossing the country. After much speculation, deliberation, and negotiation, it was determined that the best story to put out is he suffers from bi-polar depression.
If they say so it must be true.
Now we learn that his lawyers have been negotiating with the Department of Justice. Seems Congressman Jackson was also being criminally investigated for dipping into campaign funds to pay for the lavish lifestyle of the rich and famous.
Fancy home remodeling, blonde girlfriend on the side, expensive cigars, consulting salary for his wife, and other fine things in life.
Jesse Jackson Jr. is not just negotiating resigning from Congress and the length of his prison sentence. The congressman has applied for disability benefits. That’s right folks, congressmen are eligible for disability benefits for being the focus of an investigation that leads to depression over going to prison. Being a legislator is a tough life.
Congressmen are eligible for welfare, entitlements, and safety nets. That goes along way to medicate his depression, oppression, repression, or whatever is bothering him.
But there is something the media, especially the Chicago media, is ignoring. They are ignoring the congressman’s wife, Sandi.
Sandi Jackson is a Chicago alderman, a member of one of the most corrupt criminal groups in the nation. Thirty-two Chicago aldermen have been hauled off to prison over the past four decades. Others have resigned in disgrace. There is always some kind of federal investigation of the Chicago City Council going on.
The Chicago City Council is the overworld to the crime syndicate’s underworld.
What is the problem with Sandi Jackson? She does not live in the city of Chicago. Her full time residence is in Washington D.C. Her children go to school in Washington D.C. She only comes into Chicago for important things, like political fundraisers, where she refers to the media as jackals.
The media bows in gratitude for the insult.
It is reported she has missed several City Council meetings. She did not attend the meeting Thursday, where the city budget was voted on. Being an alderman and a member of the Jackson family means you can do whatever you want.
Chicago alderman make over one hundred thousand dollars a year. They also have lavish expense accounts, Cadillac pensions, and Rolls Royce medical insurance. There are other perks and pleasures they receive.
For all of that is it too much to ask that an alderman reside full time in Chicago? Apparently it is when it comes to Sandi Jackson.
No one, not the media, the residents or other Chicago politicians, are calling on Sandi Jackson to either live in the city full time or resign. No one dares. Not the mayor, not the people, not the Chicago media, not even the so-called political watchdogs like the Better Government Association or the Illinois Policy Institute.
When it comes to the Jackson’s there is a certain level of cowardice that prevails in media and watchdog circles. No one wants to offend them. The right reverend gets his dander up, angrily spouts poetically, cries havoc, and unleashes the dogs of racism. Everyone scurries for cover.
Fearless reporting in Chicago is an oxymoron.
Whenever the Jackson family is involved in sordid behavior the Chicago media and political watchdogs turn into quivering, wiggling, quavering, gelatinous blobs. They still believe the reverend is a respected civil rights leader. They refuse to believe he is just a self-promoting huckster and extortionist. He is their creation and now they must live with the monster or he will destroy them.
Chicago city workers must reside in the city of Chicago. The other 49 aldermen and mayor* live in the city of Chicago. They send or sent their children to Chicago schools. Why does Sandi Jackson get the special privilege of living full time in Washington D.C.?
This is a perfect hat trick. The people in the Illinois 2nd Congressional District have a congressman missing in action. The people in Chicago’s 7th Ward have an alderman who can’t be bothered to live amongst them. The media and watchdogs are silent.
This has been an amazing year of scandalous silence. Congressman Jackson is being investigated eight ways to Sunday yet he is getting fawning hands off sympathy and respect. His wife, a city alderman, does not live in Chicago and you hear crickets. All because they are Jacksons.
Sandi Jackson should move to Chicago full time or resign her position. The media and watchdog groups should go on the attack. They should force the issue. The Chicago media and political watchdog groups are committing malfeasance and malpractice. They are treating the Jackson family as if they are too big to bring down.
No one is to big to fall.
If the Jacksons are seeking sympathy they should look in the dictionary. They can find it between swindler and syphilis.
*Please spare the tin foil hat theories about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s residency problem when he ran for election. He was rightfully exempted, by law, due to his service in the White House.
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone. Mr. Bella is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, Online News Association, Chicago Headline Club, and the Society for Professional Journalists.
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