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Fox 32 Sunday Reporter’s Notebook: Jesse Jackson Jr.

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

There's more political pressure for Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to come public with his mental condition and his plans in public office.

While people in his district wait, his wife Sandi Jackson has been in Chicago this week at their South Side home.

Fox 32's Darlene Hill has learned that the Jacksons were looking for ways to spruce up and remodel this same South Shore Chicago bungalow back in 2009. While the host of a popular TV show on HGTV gave them a few suggestions for a new look in the kitchen and on the first floor, sources say the federal government is looking into work possibly done in the basement.

The congressman is accused of misusing campaign funds. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that because his wife, Sandi Jackson, is his paid consultant for his campaign operation, she is now part of the investigation.

Sources say Congressman Jackson allegedly spent $20,000 to renovate this house and buy furniture, not the Jackson home in D.C., as first reported.

The congressman is now working with his attorneys on a plea bargain that could include giving up his seat.

Fox 32 has learned that Jesse Jackson Jr. applied for a disability package in mid-October after he checked out of the Mayo Clinic where he was being treated for bi-polar disorder.

There are a number of televisions, printers, and copying machines in the basement. Equipment so complicated that once a letter is typed, the machines sort, stack, and put a stamp on it.

It was purchased when Jackson was first elected to the 2nd District, but because of flooding a couple of years ago, most of this stuff had to be replaced.

We called the House Ethics Committee in Washington and while they would not talk about Jackson's investigation, the federal campaign finance law states, "a campaign committee may not rent space in the candidate's house."

Regarding the hiring of the congressman's wife, or any family member, the law states it is permissible if "the family member is providing a bona fide service to the campaign, and the payments reflect fair market."

Sandi Jackson is paid about $5,000 a month for job with the congressman. That law goes onto to read, "any salary payments to family members in excess of the fair market value constitute personal use.

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