Timeline: The fall of Jesse Jackson Jr.


Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., whose once promising future collapsed amid federal ethics investigations and a diagnosis of mental illness, resigned Nov. 21 from the South Side congressional seat he held for 17 years. Jackson's troubles date back to 2008 when allegations surfaced his supporters offered to raise as much as $6 million for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in return for his appointment to a U.S. Senate seat. Jackson's downfall accelerated in 2012 shortly after Blagojevich reported to federal prison in March. Use the left and right arrow keys or previous and next buttons to navigate the timeline. Related Chicago Tribune articles, if available, can be accessed through the corresponding timeline entry. You can sort entries by checking and unchecking categories.