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Former Rep. Jackson wants medical documents sealed

CHICAGO, June 4 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., has asked a federal judge to seal parts of a sentencing memorandum dealing with his medical condition.
Constituents appeal against Jesse Jackson

Constituents appeal against Jesse Jackson

WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) -- Former constituents of ex-Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson are asking a federal judge to sentence him to the maximum punishment, letters show.
Report: Jackson failed to file disclosure form

Report: Jackson failed to file disclosure form

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. failed to file the required disclosure form required by federal ethics laws after his resignation, records show.

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Illinois State Sen. Trotter pleads guilty to reckless conduct

CHICAGO, April 24 (UPI) -- Illinois State Sen. Donne Trotter pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor reckless conduct for attempting to board a flight with a handgun.

Robin Kelly to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

CHICAGO, April 9 (UPI) -- Former Illinois state lawmaker Robin Kelly Tuesday won the special election for the U.S. House seat Jesse Jackson Jr. left before pleading guilty to corruption.

Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in as president of Kenya before thousands

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 9 (UPI) -- Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in Tuesday as Kenya's fourth and youngest president before a crowd of thousands at a Nairobi sports stadium.

Jesse Jackson protests Detroit manager

DETROIT, March 23 (UPI) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the appointment of an emergency financial manager violates Detroiters' right to elect their own leaders.

Lewis gets apology from Montgomery police

MONTGOMERY, Ala., March 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a hero of the civil rights movement, was moved to tears by an apology from the Montgomery, Ala., police chief for an incident in 1961.

Report: Ex.-Rep. Jackson to write memoir

CHICAGO, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., who pleaded guilty to spending campaign funds illegally, is writing a memoir, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Kelly wins Dem primary in Illinois 2nd

CHICAGO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Robin Kelly breezed to victory Tuesday in the special Democratic primary election for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in Illinois, results showed.
Jesse Jackson Jr., wife, plead guilty

Jesse Jackson Jr., wife, plead guilty

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom in Washington Wednesday to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds.

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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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