On Friday, former Illinois Congresman Jesse Jackson Jr. was formally charged with hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use and could face up to 57 months in prison.

He was charged with conspiracy, making false statements, mail and wire fraud.

His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, was charged with a tax crime.

Jackson Jr.'s father, Rev. Jesse Jackson, was in attendance. 

“This is a painful ordeal, but with love and prayer, we’ll get through it,” the elder Jackson, who has had a strained relationship with his son over the years, told the Sun-Times. 

Source: Chicago Sun-Times 

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