- Created on 31 October 2013
It's going to be a wet Halloween, Chicago.
After more than 2 inches of rain fell overnight, some minor flooding was reported on area roadways, causing two ramps to be closed on the Kennedy
- Created on 30 October 2013
Is Ventra passing the buck?
After frustrated users clogged Ventra's service center during the rollout of the new fare payment system in September, the Chicago Transit Authority is now picking up the $245,000 tab for the "unforeseen" expense of Ventra's courtesy calls.
- Created on 30 October 2013
CHICAGO -- CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says an administrative problem forced the Illinois Democrat to leave a federal prison where he was trying to begin his sentence early for illegally spending campaign money.
C.K. Hoffler told reporters in Atlanta Tuesday that she was contacted by Bureau of Prisons personnel and asked to pick Jackson up about two hours after dropping him off at a North Carolina prison. The former congressman then spent Monday night at a hotel and reported to prison again Tuesday morning.
Hoffler described the administrative problem as a "snafu" involving his reporting date. But she insists prison authorities were contacted ahead of time to coordinate Jackson's arrival.
She said Jackson wanted to report early to begin "paying his debt."
- Created on 29 October 2013
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has reported to a North Carolina federal prison to serve a 2 1/2-year prison term for misusing campaign funds, a prison official said Tuesday.
The 48-year-old Chicago Democrat was in federal custody Tuesday morning, according to Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke. The official declined to offer details, including when Jackson had initially reported to prison.
Jackson, who pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, reported to Butner Correctional Center near Raleigh, N.C., said Ed Ross, another prison spokesman.
"Congressman Jackson and I have been good friends for many years and I am happy to report that he is in good spirits, all things considered," Butterfield said in a statement.
Jackson's wife, Sandi, was sentenced to a yearlong sentence for filing false tax returns. In a concession to their two school-aged children, the judge allowed the Jacksons to stagger their sentences.
Court documents were never clear about when Jackson must report.
In her sentencing order written earlier this year, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington said he would have "to surrender for service of sentence no earlier than Nov. 1, 2013."
A Bureau of Prisons website says Jackson's inmate number is 32451-016.
Jackson used campaign money to buy a $43,350 gold-plated, men's Rolex watch and $9,587.64 on children's furniture, according to court papers filed in the case. His wife spent $5,150 on fur capes and parkas, the document said.
Jackson asked to serve his time in Alabama, while his wife's attorney said she'd prefer a Florida prison. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons decided where Jackson is serving his term.
The son of a famed civil rights leader, Jackson, a Democrat, entered Congress in 1995 and resigned last November.