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FILE - In this March 20, 2012 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. speaks in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) FILE - In this March 20, 2012 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. speaks in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)  

Jesse Jackson Jr. probed for using campaign funds to redecorate home

Federal authorities have launched an investigation into whether Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. misused campaign funds to redecorate his home, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Jackson’s lawyers met with federal prosecutors last week to try to dissuade them from seeking an indictment prior to the November election. Federal officials were able to make no such promise.

This probe is unrelated to an earlier investigation of allegations that Jackson tried to cut a deal with former Illinois Gov. Rob Blagojevich for the open Senate seat once held by Barack Obama. That case is currently under review by the House Ethics Committee.

Jackson, the son of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, went on medical leave from his position in June due depression. It has since surfaced that he is seeking treatment for bipolar disorder.

After undergoing treatment in Arizona and then Minnesota, Jackson returned to Washington, D.C., though has not come back to work.

Jackson’s wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, told reporters, ”I believe at some point in time he will come back.”

“I don’t know whether that will be before the election or after the election,” she added,” but whenever that happens, we will welcome him.”

Jackson currently is on the ballot and is expected to win re-election in a primarily Democratic district in Chicago, though he has done no campaigning for his seat.

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