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Jesse Jackson Jr., wife scrambling to make ends meet

Paul McKinley Republican candidate for 2nd Cong. District. | Courtesy McKinley for Congress Campaign

Paul McKinley, Republican candidate for the 2nd Cong. District. | Courtesy McKinley for Congress Campaign

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Updated: April 1, 2013 12:00PM



The Jackson file...

Ensconced in the safety of their home in Washington, D.C., former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, are struggling to make ends meet before their sentencing in June. ◆To wit: The shattered couple, who recently pleaded guilty to felonies, could lose their law licenses. They are desperately trying to pay the bills and figure out a financial plan for their two children. ◆Although writing a memoir is on the table if Jackson Jr. can find a publisher (or publish it himself), Sneed is told their major financial support now is Triple J’s devoted brother, Yusef, a successful beer distributor and businessman. “It is Yusef who drove Jesse to Tucson when he was falling apart mentally due to the federal investigation,” said a Sneed source. “It is Yusef who has been there to calmly help his brother navigate through his emotional nightmare.” “In other words, neither have a job and no promise of earned money coming in. Everyone is trying to figure out how to make it work -- particularly if Sandi also has to serve jail time.” The McKinley mount...

Law maw: Paul McKinley, a convicted felon who just won the Republican primary Tuesday in the 2nd Congressional District -- aka Jesse Jackson Jr. turf -- had this to say while fighting to keep Rahm Emanuel off the 2011 mayoral ballot in a city residency battle: “It’s about the law, nothing personal,” McKinley told the press. It must have taken a lot of time for McKinley to think about the law. ◆To wit: McKinley served 20 years in prison stemming from six felony convictions for aggravated battery, armed robbery and burglary. ◆Shocker: McKinley registered to vote in 1997, but has never voted. A Ditka ditty...

Sneed hears rumbles da Bears coach Mike Ditka plans to endorse former Super Bowl-winning Bear Steve “Mongo” McMichael for mayor of the southwestern suburb of Romeoville. The eraser set...

How a-Pope-priate! Sneed hears University of Notre Dame psychology professor Donald B. Pope-Davis was just elected provost of Chicago’s DePaul University, which had the distinction of being branded the home of the happiest college students in the country in 1999 and 2003 by the Princeton Review. ◆Hmm: Will the happy, happy happy prize be won again now that a psychology professor is at the helm? The Lane swerve...

A sad note on the recent divorce proceedings between actress Diane Lane and her actor hubby Josh Brolin: The appearance of Brolin and his father, actor James Brolin, and his father’s wife, singer Barbra Streisand, in Chicago when Lane was appearing in the Goodman Theatre’s “Sweet Bird of Youth,” was intended as a last minute attempt to hopefully stave off a divorce. The Worm turns...

Basketball terror Dennis Rodman, whose past personal and financial decisions appear to be on the same intellectual plane as a house plant, had this to say on Twitter when he landed in leader Kim Jong-un’s North Korea this week to participate in a goodwill tour with a gaggle of Harlem Globetrotters: “Kim Jung Un & North Korean people are basketball fans. I love everyone... Maybe I’ll run into the Gangnam Style dude while I’m here.” Uhhhhhh... the Gangnam dude lives in South Korea! The cake break...

The Middleton mess: Not only did Pippa, the sister of pregnant royal Kate Middleton, author a party planning book dud, but Kate’s brother, James, apparently ran out of cake. ◆Translation: James Middleton was forced to ask his parents to bail out his cake company after it went more than $25,000 in debt last year, according to the Brit press. Sneedlings...

Thursday’s birthdays: Mario Andretti, 73; Ali Larter, 37; and John Turturro, 56.



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