Jesse Jr. and Sandi Jackson feeling relieved as sentencing day nears
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org May 9, 2013 7:36PM
This undated file photo provided by her family shows Stacy Peterson, 23, of Bolingbrook, and her husband, Drew Peterson. | File photo
Updated: June 11, 2013 6:45AM
The Jackson file . . .
Father & son: As the July 1 sentencing date approaches for corruption and tax-evasion convictions against former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, Sneed is told the couple are feeling at least some relief.
◆ Translation: The constant press scrutiny is gone. “The dogs have basically been called off,” said a Sneed source familiar with the couple. “The story is over except for the ending.”
Meanwhile, the Rev. Jesse Jackson — who just returned from South Africa, where he received the nation’s Order of the Companions of Oliver Tambo award, the country’s highest honor given to a non-South African, from President Jacob Zuma — — tells Sneed his son and namesake is “still under the discipline of his doctor.
“He is doing his treatment [for bipolar disorder and depression] and is basically in recovery,” Jackson said. “It is most satisfying to the family. He spends his time in Chicago and Washington, D.C.”
Sneed is told Sandi Jackson spends most of her time in Washington, where their two children are in school.
The Peterson case . . .
It’s over: Sneed is told the search for Stacy Peterson, the missing fourth wife of convicted killer Drew Peterson, is basically over, according to a Illinois State Police source.
◆ To wit: “Investigators believe Peterson killed Stacy, but now that he has basically been given a life sentence for killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio — and will probably die in jail — there is no plan afoot to put a lot of effort into the search for Stacy,” the source said. “The trail went cold a while ago and no new information has come forth.”
Peterson is serving time in a maximum-security facility at the Menard Correctional facility. Shortly after the Peterson verdict, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said he was revisiting the investigation into Stacy’s disappearance and the $100,000 reward for information about her whereabouts would still be offered.
The Boston bombing . . .
It’s shocking: Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis claims not one student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where alleged 19-year-old Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went to school, called police after surveillance pictures of him were made public.
Judy Judy Judy . . .
Please note: While potential state candidates await word from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on a gubernatorial run, state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka tells Sneed it’s “100 percent certain” she is running for re-election.
“I’m not playing the ‘waiting for Lisa’ game,” Topinka tells Sneed.
“I’m running for comptroller regardless of what anyone else does,” said the irrepressible political veteran who hits the hustings with her two rescue dogs, Nick and Nora.
In case you didn’t know, former Repulican veep candidate Rep. Paul Ryan only orders Wisconsin-brewed Miller Lite beer in an act of solidarity with his cheesehead roots.
Wentz words . . .
Back on track: Fall Out Boy singer and Wilmette native Pete Wentz claims he was so distraught after singer Ashlee Simpson divorced him and his band went on hiatus that he took to medicating himself with prescription drugs. Wentz, who is now dating model Meagan Camper, tells Rolling Stone magazine in an upcoming issue that he finally kicked the habit and his band will go on tour this summer.
Sneedlings . . .
Friday’s birthdays: Bono, 53; Kenan Thompson, 35; Chris Berman, 58, and Peggy Bogan, 90.