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Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Dramatic Rise and Fall

Jesse Jackson Jr and Sandi Jackson have pled guilty to using campaign money to fund extravagant personal lives in D.C. – from fur coats to four-star restaurants to a $42,000 Rolex watch. Meanwhile, nearly 20% of Jackson’s 2nd District constituents live below the poverty line. We take a deeper look at the one-time power couple as their legacy unravels.

Guests on tonight's panel include:

  • Robert Starks, a professor at Northeastern Illinois University. He focuses on African-American politics.

  • Sergio Acosta, a former federal prosecutor. He is also a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and was previously Chief of the General Crimes Section of the Criminal Division of the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

  • Mark Konkol, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has been covering this story for DNAinfo Chicago.