Friday, January 11, 2013
Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson Abruptly Resigns - Wife of soon to be indicted Jesse Jackson Jr.
Ald. Sandi Jackson has resigned from the Chicago City Council.
The 7th Ward alderman submitted her resignation letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel today. It is effective Tuesday.
"After much consideration and while dealing with very painful family health matters, I have met with my family and determined that the constituents of the 7th Ward, as well as you Mr. Mayor, and my colleagues in the City Council deserve a partner who can commit all of their energies to the business of the people. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as Alderman of 7th Ward, effective January 15, 2013," reads the letter released by the mayor's office.
Ald. Jackson's resignation comes after her husband, Jesse Jackson Jr., resigned from Congress before Thanksgiving amid federal ethics probes and a diagnois of bipolar depression.
Talk swirled around City Hall that Ald. Jackson also would step down, but she remained on the council until Friday afternoon.
Emanuel put out a statement about the resignation.
"As Sandi takes this time to focus on her family, we give her our deepest thanks and support for her service to our City and the residents of her ward. Her leadership has been greatly appreciated in the Chicago City Council," the statement read.
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