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Then-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (right) with his wife, Sandi, at a birthday party for his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, at the South Shore Cultural Center in October 2006. | Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 21, 2012 2:41PM

The Jackson story . . .

The vultures may be swirling but the Jackson family has no intention of letting their son Jesse Jackson Jr. be the corpse.

The Jacksons’ decision to sell their house in Washington, D.C., does not mean Jackson, who was recently treated at the Mayo Clinic for depression and bipolar disorder, is pulling the plug on his job, which would provide him with necessary health benefits.

Sneed hears rumbles the Jacksons are discussing moving their family back to Chicago and ostensibly enrolling their two children in the prestigious University of Chicago Laboratory school, which is near their home, making it easier for Ald. Sandi Jackson to spend more time with her family — rather than trekking back and forth to their Washington digs.

Hovering in the background?

But, Sneed also hears Jesse’s brother, Jonathan, has political aspirations and the scenario could possibly include Jonathan’s eventual transition into Jesse’s congressional seat if JJJr decided to pull the plug after getting re-elected. Jonathan, who is this/close to his father — the Rev. Jesse Jackson — would have to win a special election. But don’t bet the ranch on that happening.

What about Sandi replacing her husband? “That wouldn’t happen,” said a top Sneed source. “The family needs a double paycheck and the Jackson clan would have other ideas.”

The Jackson corner . . .

Listen Up! Sneed hears rumbles Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) is testing his strength as a replacement for Congressman Jackson, which would be decided by Dem county Chairman Joe Berrios if the ailing Jackson decides to pull out of the race by the Oct. 24 deadline.

◆ Schmooze ’em: The silence from U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson might be deafening, but the suck-up sound being made by Ald. Beale to Berrios is louder than summer cicadas on the North Shore.

B & J . . .

President Barack Obama refers to his pals Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z simply as B and J, or at least he did Tuesday in NYC during a fund-raiser they held for him.

Pew news . . .

So how bad is the Catholic seminary enrollment drought in Ireland since the clerical sexual abuse scandal roiled the country?

◆ Answer: Only 16 Irish men enrolled in Irish seminaries in 2012.

A McCarthy memo . . .

Memo to actress/media maven Jenny McCarthy, who, Sneed is told, was once a paid intern working at City Hall!

Skinny Sheahan, your old boss while he was head of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events under Richard M. Daley, needs your help in promoting Chicago’s Special Olympics. “Jenny was terrific,” said Sheahan, who heads up the group. “She was reliable, dependable . . . she even passed out paychecks and worked with our “Jumping Jack” program.

I spy . . .

Actor Billy Zane spotted lunching at RL on Wednesday . . . Golfer Davis Love III and popular Medinah Country Club staffer “Fito” spotted dining at Ristorante DeMarco’s in Itasca on Saturday . . . Heisman winner Paul Hornung lunching with some former Notre Dame teammates at Gene & Georgetti on Wednesday before being inducted into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday night at Hawthorne Racecourse.

Downton blabby . . .

Sparring partners: The first episode of the hit PBS series “Downton Abbey” season 3 just aired in England and viewers described the dynamics between actress Shirley MacLaine and Maggie Smith akin to the dynamite “Dynasty” duo of Alexis and Krystle.

Sneedlings ...

Thursday’s birthdays… Sophia Loren (right), 78; Gary Cole, 56, and Gary Mack, 60.

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