sandi jackson*First, Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress, now his wife Sandi is resigning as Chicago’s 7th Ward Alderman.

It’s another chapter in the ignominious downfall of one of Chi-town’s and the USA’s most prominent African American political entities, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The decision by Ald. Jackson, who was elected in 2007, came less than two months after husband Jesse Jackson Jr. quit the congressional seat he had held for 17 years amid ongoing federal ethics probes into his campaign finances and a diagnosis of bipolar depression.

In her resignation letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sandi Jackson alluded to her husband’s medical problems by saying she was dealing with “very painful family health matters,” making no mention of whether she had become ensnarled in his legal problems. She said the ward and the city “deserve a partner who can commit all of their energies to the business of the people.”

“I value the public trust which has been bestowed upon me and take my responsibility to safeguard the interests of my constituents seriously,” wrote Jackson, whose resignation is effective Tuesday. “Likewise, I am unapologetically a wife and a mother and I cannot deny my commitment to those most important personal responsibilities.”

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