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  • Jesse Jackson, Jr. May Spend Some Time in Jail

    Looks like Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. — who won reelection to Illinois' 2nd congressional district despite being currently hospitalized for bipolar disorder — might be carrying on a time-honored state tradition of resigning from office in disgrace and/or handcuffs

    CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reported Friday night that high-powered defense attorney and former federal prosecutor Dan Webb was negotiating a tentative deal with the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C.

    Under terms of the deal, Jackson would resign for health reasons, plead guilty to misusing campaign funds and possibly do jail time. He'd have to repay any campaign funds that were converted for personal use, and serve at least some jail time…

    If Jackson steps down, a special election would have to be held to replace him in Congress.

    And thus the circle of Illinois political life would come full circle. God willing, the lucky new congressperson would eventually get to spend some time in jail as well. Well, one can only hope.

    Photo by Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images


    Tags: Crime, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jesse Jackson Jr.
  • Rep. Joe Walsh: Women Don't Die from Legitimate Pregnancy

    After last night's Illinois House debate, we can all rest assured that should former deadbeat dad and current congressman Joe Walsh survive his re-election bid against Democrat Tammy Duckworth, there's a seat on the House Science Committee waiting for him. Someone needs to replace Todd Akin as our nation's top elected expert in reproductive health.

    Akin leaves big clown shoes to fill, but Walsh proved himself more than ready when he was asked by reporters about his position on a ban on abortion with no exceptions for the life or health of the mother and responded by suggesting that pregnant women are made of adamantium

    With modern technology and science, you can't find one instance [of women dying from childbirth]…There's no such exception as life of the mother. And as far as health of the mother, same thing, with advances in science and technology, health of the mother has become a tool for abortions anytime under any reason.

    This must come as a surprise to thousands of families. The number of maternal deaths in the United States has been climbing recently, reaching 13.3 per 100,000 live births in 2006.

    Still, it's nice of Walsh to let everyone know that they are about as likely to hear a nuanced understanding of maternal health come out of his mouth as they are to receive a timely child support payment from his checking account.

    Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images


    Tags: Abortion, Illinois, Joe Walsh, Women's Rights
  • America's Ugliest Congressional Districts

    No, not the district with highest quotient of ugly constituents. Everyone knows the New Jersey 5th has that locked down. Rather, Nate Silver's recent discussion of the Nebraska GOP's gerrymander of the 2nd Congressional District is a reminder that the 2012 election will be conducted with brand new district lines, courtesy of the 2010 Census and partisan gerrymandering.

    The lines that create our congressional districts draw a picture of our democracy. Turns out, our democracy looks like a diseased whale uterus…

    That's the Chicago 4th, an abomination formed by combining Chicagoland's two main Hispanic populations by way of an unpopulated highway median. It's number 3 on our list.

    Number 2 on the list…

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    Tags: Gerrymandering, House of Representatives, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina
  • Rahm Emanuel to Fundraise for Obama Because Chicago Has No Problems Left

    Excited for the opportunity to yell at wealthy donors instead of measly interns, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is slated to leave his honorary position as co-chairman of  the Obama campaign to focus on fundraising for Priorities USA Action, a super PAC founded by two former Obama aides. It's a good thing he doesn't have some other job requiring his attention

    According to statistics compiled by the Tribune, there were 366 homicides in Chicago from the start of the year until Sept. 2 as compared to 282 for the same period last year. The numbers of shootings increased from 1,547 to 1,704 over that span.

    This morning, the police are investigating a spree of weekend shootings that left at least 11 people wounded and 2 dead. Or as it's known in Chicago, Monday.

    But give Rahm a break. All too often we forget all the Chicagoans who haven't been murdered on his watch. Like the kids still going to Chicago Public Schools

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    Tags: Chicago, Crime, Education, Illinois, Rahm Emanuel, Unions
  • Illinois State Congressman Has Tantrum on House Floor

    It's hard to tell — through his mask of political professionalism — how Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost actually feels about the governor's new proposed state pension plan, but I think he's opposed…

    I'm with that yawning guy right next to him. So boring.

    (via Political Wire)


    Tags: Illinois, State Legislature