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Was Jesse Jackson Jr. Talked Out of Giving Up His Seat?

A legal advisor to Jackson may have told the congressman not to resign before the election, according to CBS 2 reports.

A fear of losing federal health insurance may have been the determining factor in Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s decision to remain in office, according to a CBS 2 report.

Jackson had been considering resigning from the position before the election, but he and his wife were talked out of the idea by a trusted legal adviser, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports. The prospect of losing the health insurance "just when he needed it most" was part of the reason Jackson reconsidered, the legal adviser told Levine.

Read more about what Levine learned from Jackson's adviser. 

Jackson is currently the subject of a criminal investigation regarding his campaign spending and a congressional ethics investigation.

Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reported yesterday that Jackson has been in talks with federal investigators to negotiate a plea deal. Should Jackson plead guilty to a felony, he would have to give up his seat, in which case there would be a special election.

Cook County Clerk David Orr told CBS 2 the election schedule leaves ample opportunity for a special race if there needs to be one. 

“The feds are smart," Orr told Levine. "They understand taxpayers, they understand the issues. So all I’m saying is I want the people to understand that we do have existing dates for February and April, and if at all possible – if this happens, which we don’t know – it would be nice that we could save the taxpayers money.”

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Juvenal November 10, 2012 at 03:29 AM
"That boy was our last hope..." "No. There is another........." -- Yoda
Joe Lake November 10, 2012 at 03:51 AM
JJJr update: Watch CBS 2 at 10:00 p.m. for details tonight. Joe Lake, Chicago
Joe Lake November 10, 2012 at 08:21 AM
Former U.S. Prosecutor... Plea Deal For Jackson Jr., CBS2, Nov.9, 2012. http://cbsloc.al/SShDhO Joe Lake, Chicago
Marcus Lewis November 10, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I was right. I told you the truth. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/former-u-s-prosecutor-negotiating-plea-deal-for-jackson-jr/
Marcus Lewis November 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM
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