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Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is reportedly willing to resign if he gets approved for disability, according to Fox 32 Chicago.
Rep. Jackson, who serves Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District, has been absent from Congress since mid-June, and is reportedly being investigated for misuse of campaign funds.
Sources tell Fox 32 that Jackson will resign if he gets disability when he resigns:
Jackson Jr. was re-elected to his tenth term but last month, sources say, he applied for a disability package–what could be his only income if he resigns. It is expected to take a couple of weeks for Congress to approve or deny the request.
If this is true, the people of Chicago may be livid at Jackson for not resigning before last Tuesday’s election, when Jackson could’ve easily resigned and paved the way for an open election.
Jackson has spent the majority of his time away on medical leave, seeking treatment for bipolar disorder. In the run-up to the election, Jackson didn’t campaign for his seat, only sending a robo-call to constituents, thanking them for their patience.
Sources also told Fox News that Jackson’s Washington D.C. home is not part of the investigation. It is his Chicago home which is at issue:
Sources say Jackson allegedly spent $20,000 to renovate and buy furniture for the family’s home in Chicago, not their 5-bedroom Victorian home in Washington D.C.
The basement in the Chicago home has five televisions and a number of printers and copying machines, sources say.
Jackson’s wife is also being investigated since she was a consultant to the campaign.