Ald. Sandi Jackson has resigned from Chicago City Council.
Jackson submitted her resignation as Alderman of the 7th Ward to the Chicago City Council in a written letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Mayor Emanuel issued a statement Friday afternoon thanking Jackson for all of her work and said “As Sandi takes this time to focus on her family, we give her our deepest thanks and support for her service to our City and the residents of her ward. Her leadership has been greatly appreciated in the Chicago City Council.”
“The process to identify a replacement for Alderman Jackson to serve and represent the residents of Chicago’s 7th ward will be announced early next week,” according to the mayor’s office.
There has recently been a great deal of talk around City Hall that she would be stepping down– there were also rumors nearly a month ago that she might run to replace her husband in congress.
She responded then that she had no interest and would only leave the council if something catastrophic happened.
Sandi and ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. live, for the most part, in Washington, D.C. with their two children. This resignation or course follows that of the congressman– who stepped down from congress after become embroiled in a federal investigation that is still ongoing.
He has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Given all the challenges facing her family, Sandi Jackson’s fellow alderman say they understand.
Ald. Bob Fioretti of the 2nd Ward said Friday that he “Think[s] she had to come to the right kind of decision for the family and think[s] that’s what she did today.”
Danny Davis calls this the greatest tragedy he has seen in all of his 30 years in congress– doubly tragic, as it involves the fall of not one civic leader, but two — from an iconic family whose potential once seen as virtually unlimited.
Jackson’s resignation will go into effect January 15, 2013, according to the mayor’s office.
Read Jackson’s Full Letter to the Mayor