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Sandi Jackson Resigns From City Council

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jan 11, 2013 9:30PM

Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th). (Image via NBC Chicago screen grab.)

Huge news out of City Council, where Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) formally submitted her resignation Friday. The resignation will take effect Jan. 15

Jackson’s political future was the subject of as much speculation as that of her husband, former Second Congressional District Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Fox News Chicago reported last month Jackson told friends she was ready to resign, but told them later she would only resign if “something catastrophic happens.”

Jackson cited the ongoing health concerns of her husband as the reason for her resignation, in a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. [We’ve include the resignation letter below].

”I am unapologetically a wife and a mother and I cannot deny my commitment to those most important personal responsibilities. To that end, 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 all my colleagues in the City Council deserve a partner who can commit all their energies to the business of the people.”

Emanuel released a statement that read:

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.

Jackson came under scrutiny last month for filing a series of amendments to her ward committee’s campaign fund, dating back to 2009, days after her husband resigned from Congress. The amendments, $13,000 in previously undisclosed transfers from her husband’s congressional account to her campaign fund, included monthly transfers of $1,250 where the purpose of the transfers that weren’t disclosed.

Sandi Jackson Resignation letter by Chicagoist