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Sandi Jackson standing tough despite report of fed scrutiny, source says

Alderman Sandi Jackstalks with mediCity Council meeting Wednesday October 3 2012. l John H. White~Sun-Times

Alderman Sandi Jackson, talks with media at City Council meeting, Wednesday, October 3, 2012. l John H. White~Sun-Times

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Updated: December 15, 2012 6:29AM



The Jackson file . . .

Sources close to Ald. Sandi Jackson tell Sneed her family may be going through the worst nightmare of their lives, but she is remaining resilient despite a Wall Street Journal report the federal probe of possible misuse of campaign funds by her husband U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has expanded to include her. ◆ To wit: Sandi Jackson, who was rumored to be considering resigning from her 7th Ward seat because of the investigation surrounding her husband, “has no intention of leaving” her job, according to an informed sourc e.◆ The buckshot: Sandi Jackson was not at the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday, when her husband changed his inpatient status to outpatient — although his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and his mother, Jacqueline, were there. Sneed is told that Sandi Jackson was surprised when informed by a TV reporter that her husband had left the cli nic.◆ The upshot: Sandi Jackson talked to her husband later, and he informed her of his decision and told her not to worry, according to the source. She was not at the Mayo Clinic because she is “working day-to-day on the business of life. Regular folks have sickness to deal with and still have to go to work and get things done,” said the source, who added that the alderman has to “go to work and take care of the family.”

The source said the two Jackson children, who are being cared for by Sandi Jackson’s mother in Washington, D.C., are traumatized by their dad’s sickness, the federal investigation and the intrusion of the press.

The Petraeus file . .

The other . . . other woman: Florida socialite Jill Kelley (nee Khawam), who instigated a FBI probe that led to the resignation of CIA Director/four-star Gen. David Petraeus after an extramarital affair — seems to be all set for her clos e-up. ◆ To wit: She appears exquisitely made up and well-dressed for press photog snaps; hired crisis manager Judy Smith (of Monica Lewinsky fame), and hired John Edwards’ lawyer Abbe Lowell.

The Petraeus file II . . .

Date ‘em: The other other other woman: It appears former Petraeus pal Jill Kelley has a twin sister, Natalie Khawam, who also hangs out with famous men: She reportedly dated Charlie Crist, the former governor of Florida.

The Petraeus file III . . .

Scratch ‘em: Private equity multimillionaire Henry Kravis was planning a dinner party in New York for Petraeus on Friday, but all the guests were suddenly told the party was off on Thursday, according to the New York Post. Probably for the best.

Mitt’s sis . . .

Mitt Romney’s sister, Jane Romney, 74, who largely avoided the public eye during the election, now wants all eyes on her! ◆ Translation: Jane Romney has starred as Cleopatra in “Love and War,” a short film she paid for with her own money. The film was reportedly shot in 2009, but was put on hold until after the election.◆ Hmmm. Cleopatra was never 74 . . . or blond. Stay tuned.

Born to run . . .

. . . away from this one: In a new biography of the Boss, author Peter Ames Carlin reveals that rocker Bruce Springsteen almost named one of his first bands “The Intergalactic Pubic Band.” Dodged a bullet with that one, Bruce.

AmBush ’em . . .

Former President George W. Bush, who has served as the economic punching bag for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during the campaign, is apparently oblivious to the pummeling. Recently, Dubya was pocketing a $100,000 speaking fee for headlining the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit in Grand Cayman — which served up tips on how to invest outside the U.S.

There ya go.

Sneedlings . . .

I spy: Veteran newsman Geraldo Rivera spotted at the Palmer House Hilton’s Lockwood eatery over the weekend . . . Wednesday’s birthdays: Prince Charles, 64; Condoleezza Rice, 58; and Josh Duhamel, 40.



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