Chicago

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Wife Quits Chicago City Council

Has been absent frequently over family's health issues

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Sandi Jackson, the wife of former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., resigned her seat on the Chicago city council on Friday, citing "very painful family health issues," after criticism over her frequent absences from council meetings.

Jesse Jackson Jr., who has been treated for bipolar disorder and according to media reports is under investigation for possible misuse of campaign funds, resigned his seat last November for what he described as health reasons.

In her letter of resignation, Sandi Jackson said she decided that her constituents and colleagues "deserve a partner who can commit all of their energies to the business of the people."