Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and his wife Sandra, leaves federal court in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on TV’s, restaurant dinners, an expensive watch and other costly personal items. His wife received a sentence of one year.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte, left, scores on a double hit by Jose Tabata as Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo, right, tries to catch the ball…
Former Miss America Erika Harold, 33, announces her plans to challenge first-term U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 2014 Republican primary Tuesday, June 4, at Urbana High School in Urbana, Ill. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, John Dixon) by Zenitha Prince (Afro.com)–A former Miss America now wants a seat in Congress.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez, right, hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Chicago, Ill. (AP photo/Joe Raymond) CHICAGO (AP) — A.J. Burnett pitched into the ninth inning and Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin homered to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
GAME CHANGER–In this image provided by author Michael Lenehan, the cover of his book “Ramblers” is shown. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Michael Lenehan) by Jim Litke AP Sports Columnist ATLANTA (AP) — If you tuned into the start of the 1963 NCAA championship between little Loyola of Chicago and mighty Cincinnati, it looked like few, if any, of the college basketball games you’d ever watched before.
NEW CONGRESWOMAN–Robin Kelly celebrates her special primary election win in Matteson, Ill., for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District seat, once held by Jesse Jackson Jr. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) by Sophia Tareen CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly, whose campaign received a $2 million boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, easily captured Tuesday’s special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
RELEASED–Olutosin Oduwole walks outside of the Madison County Criminal Justice Center in Edwardsville, Ill., during his 2011 trial on charges of attempting to make a terrorist threat. (AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Derik Holtmann, File) by Jim Suhr Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Southern Illinois University student convicted in 2011 of attempting to threaten a murderous rampage has been released from prison, days after an appeals court overturned the aspiring rapper’s conviction and the ensuing five-year sentence.