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Jesse Jackson Jr., wife Sandi skip vote to fill his former 2nd District seat

FILE - this Feb. 20 2013 file phoformer Illinois Rep. Jesse JacksJr  leaves federal court Washingtafter he entered guilty

FILE - in this Feb. 20, 2013 file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr leaves federal court in Washington after he entered a guilty plea to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. Residents in Illinois' 2nd District are preparing to vote in a special primary Feb. 26 to replace Jackson in the Chicago area district that has seen three congressmen leave office in an ethical cloud. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) ORG XMIT: CX801

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Updated: March 28, 2013 6:48AM

Sneed exclusive: The Jackson file . . .

He didn’t vote. She didn’t vote. But dad did.

◆ Translation: Sneed has learned that former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, opted not to vote in Tuesday’s 2nd Congressional District primary. They will be sentenced this summer in a federal campaign corruption scam.

“Neither Jackson or his wife applied to vote absentee — and neither of them showed up to personally vote in the election today to fill Jackson’s vacated 2nd District congressional seat,” a top election source said Tuesday.

“Even though they have pled guilty to federal charges stemming from campaign fund misuse, they still were eligible to exercise their right to vote until they are sentenced,” said the source. “And that won’t be until June.”

However, Sneed is told that the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Triple J’s famous father, did vote . . . exercising his right to do so “although I am sure his heart was heavy,” said a source.

“The reverend showed up Saturday at 69 W. Washington St. to pull a lever that signaled the end of an era . . . at least for now,” the source said. “The Jackson dynasty had suffered a serious blow, but the reverend is an indomitable guy and he showed up.”

◆ The gender gap: Here’s a shocker: The voters in the Chicago portion of the 2nd Congressional District for Jackson Jr.’s successor were 60 percent women.

The Cicero czarina . . .

Former Cicero Town President Betty Loren-Maltese is one indomitable chick.

◆ To wit: Maltese, who served 6½ years in a federal prison on corruption charges stemming from her days in office, showed up at a Cicero polling place with her daughter, Ashleigh, 15, who got an excuse from school at Glenbard South to witness the proceedings with her mom.

◆ Only in Cicero: Passing out palm cards endorsing “anyone but Cicero President Larry Dominick,” Maltese, who still maintains her innocence, tells Sneed: “I found myself praying last night. ‘Please let Larry lose.’ He has used Cicero as a personal piggy bank.”

It’s a tepid war . . .

. . . but Wayne Watson, who was ousted from his job as president of Chicago State University this week, is still hoping Gov. Pat Quinn will hand him a lifeline, er . . . bazooka.

◆ Translation: Sneed is told that Watson, who has been placed on sabbatical leave by the board for one year, feels he was railroaded by board members meeting in violation of the Open Meetings Act.

◆ The bazooka: Watson hopes Quinn will remove three board members whose terms expired in January — and appoint three new ones who will make this ugliness go away.

As Cardinal Francis George once said about women becoming priests: “When pigs fly” . . . or something like that.


Suri & Suri: It appears that actor Tom Cruise may be affected by all of his spy thrillers.

◆ Double ’em: According to a report in the Big Apple tabloid press, Cruise and his ex-wife, Katie Holmes, may employ a 6-year-old body double for their daughter Suri. It’s no doubt based on intrepid reporting, don’tchathink? We’ll put our nose to this story.

The Worm report . . .

The Chicago connection: Basketball’s bad boy Dennis “The Worm” Rodman headed to North Korea on a peace mission after hanging out in Chicago all weekend. The court terror and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could have lots to talk about: Un reportedly was a fan of the Chicago Bulls in the ’90s, when Rodman helped da Bulls win three championships.

Dress mess . . .

Academy award-winning actress Anne Hathaway has issued an apologetic note for changing her dress plans at the last minute at the Oscars . . . and confusing all those press fashionistas covering the event when she wore a pink Prada instead of a Valentino. Really, Anne.

Sneedlings . . .

I spy . . . Puck place: After Monday night’s overtime win, Blackhawks boys Viktor Stalberg, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Corey Crawford headed to Chicago Cut for a celebratory dinner . . . Wednesday’s birthdays: Chelsea Clinton, 33; P.J. O’Dea, 87, and Ted Tetzlaff, ageless.

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