Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., was first elected in 1995.(Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)
CHICAGO -- Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. reportedly will resign from Congress, according to the Chicago Tribune.
newspaper quotes Jackson's brother, Jonathan, as a source. The Illinois
Democrat, first elected in 1995, is expected to send a letter of
resignation "momentarily" to House Speaker John Boehner.
the son of the civil rights leader, has been on medical leave since
mid-June and twice sought treatment at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar
disorder. He was easily re-elected to another term.
considered a rising Democratic star, Jackson is being investigated on
allegations that he misused campaign funds to pay for redecorating his
house and an expensive watch for a friend.
Jackson hired former federal prosecutor Dan Webb to work out a plea deal, which CBS News said would likely include jail time.
congressman has also been the subject of a long-running House Ethics
Committee investigation stemming from allegations that he raised money
for then-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich in exchange for appointment
to the U.S. Senate. Jackson has denied wrongdoing.