Chicago district disappointed in ex-congressman

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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — For more than a decade, residents in former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s district were extremely loyal, giving him an enthusiastic majority each election since 1995.

And they did so through ethical troubles, reports of an extramarital affair and a bizarre five-month medical leave.

But Jackson's guilty plea to charges that he lived off and lavishly spent campaign money for personal use has turned the tide.

In territory where it was difficult to scrape up criticism of Jackson, his Chicago alderman wife or his famous civil rights leader father, the mood is now simply one of disappointment.

Court documents say Jackson spent $750,000 in campaign money on everything from toilet paper to mink capes.

Jackson, who resigned in November, will be sentenced in June.

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