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The Issue: Political corruption

The Issue: Political corruption

Illinois has a long tradition of sending politicians to prison -- congressmen, governors, local politicians, Republicans, Democrats -- it's all good.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International

Former President Jimmy Carter adviser Bert Lance dies

CALHOUN, Ga., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Bert Lance, Jimmy Carter's close friend and adviser who faced bank fraud accusations, has died, the former president confirmed. He was 82.
Former Rep. Jesse Jackson apologizes at sentencing

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson apologizes at sentencing

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., apologized Wednesday before he was sentenced to 30 months in prison for misusing campaign funds.
Oprah Winfrey: I don't have one face that I present to the white world

Oprah Winfrey: I don't have one face that I present to the white world

NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. media mogul and occasional actress Oprah Winfrey says she doesn't tailor her speech or demeanor depending on the race of the people around her.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Four-day memorial for victims of Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings

Four-day memorial for victims of Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings

OAK HILL, Wis., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Nearly a thousand people gathered in southern Wisconsin to remember the six victims of last year's Sikh temple shooting, officials in Oak Hill, Wis., said.

Jackson Jr. vows best efforts to repay $750,000 forfeiture

CHICAGO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he intends pay a $750,000 forfeiture in 90 to 180 days, despite the prospect of a prison sentence, a court filing shows.

Celebrities send letter to Calif. Gov. protesting solitary confinement

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) -- Celebrities and political figures like Jay Leno and Jesse Jackson joined a hunger strike to call for an end to California's use of isolation in prisons.
Vigils held across the U.S. for Trayvon Martin

Vigils held across the U.S. for Trayvon Martin

NEW YORK, July 21 (UPI) -- Pop singer Beyonce was among those who gathered in cities across United States Saturday calling for justice for slain black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Members of Congressional Black Caucus support Florida boycott

Members of Congressional Black Caucus support Florida boycott

WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- Members of the Congressional Black Caucus say they support an economic boycott of Florida after the not-guilty verdict in trial of George Zimmerman.

ANC: United Nations will celebrate Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 17 (UPI) -- The African National Congress said it will celebrate Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday Thursday and remains inspired by the former South African president.

Sentencing for ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., wife postponed

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi won't be sentenced this week as scheduled, court documents filed in Washington Monday showed.

Smiley, Jordan show support for Jackson Jr., before sentencing

WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- Two prominent African-Americans have weighed in as character witnesses for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., who was convicted of stealing campaign funds.

Jackson Jr. asks to go first if he and wife are sentenced to prison

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife say if both are sentenced to prison for wire and mail fraud, Jackson would prefer to serve first.

Feds ask for prison time for Jesse Jackson Jr.

CHICAGO, June 8 (UPI) -- Prosecutors asked a federal judge to send former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., to prison for four years for illegal personal use of campaign funds.

Judge won't seal Jackson's medical information until she sees it

CHICAGO, June 5 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Chicago says she will not seal parts of the sentencing memorandum for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., until she has seen it.
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Jesse Jackson listens to speakers during the NAACP's centennial convention held on July 15, 2009 in New York City. The NAACP has been holding a week-long gathering which features numerous speakers and workshops. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
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Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. (born October 8, 1941) is an African-American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as shadow senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He was the founder of both entities that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. is his eldest son. In an AP-AOL "Black Voices" poll in February 2006, Jackson was voted "the most important black leader".

Jackson was born Jesse Louis Burns in Greenville, South Carolina, to Helen Burns Straggs, a 16-year-old single mother. His biological father, Noah Louis Robinson, a former professional boxer and a prominent figure in the community, was married to another woman when Jesse was born. He was not involved in his son's life, and died January 28, 1997 in Greenville, S.C. In 1943, two years after Jesse's birth, his mother married Charles Henry Jackson, who would adopt Jesse 14 years later. Jesse went on to take the surname of his stepfather.

Jackson attended Sterling High School, a segregated high school in Greenville, where he was a student-athlete. Upon graduating in 1959, he rejected a contract from a professional baseball team so that he could attend the racially integrated University of Illinois on a football scholarship. One year later, Jackson transferred to North Carolina A&T located in Greensboro, North Carolina. There are differing accounts for the reasons behind this transfer. Jackson claims that the change was based on the school's racial biases which included his being unable to play as a quarterback despite being a star quarterback at his high school. ESPN.com suggests that claims of racial discrimination on the football team may be exaggerated because Illinois's starting quarterback that year was an African American, although it does not mention factors besides the quarterback's race which may have contributed to this perception (such as team dynamics or interpersonal interactions with other players on the team). Jackson also mentions being demoted by his speech professor as an alternate in a public-speaking competition team despite the support of his teammates who elected him a place on the team for his superior abilities. Jackson left Illinois at the end of his second semester after being placed on academic probation.

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