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Ald. Sandi Jackson has resigned from City Council

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

As FOX 32's Political Editor first reported last month, the mayor's office confirmed Friday that Sandi Jackson has resigned from Chicago City Council, effective January 15th.

READ: Sandi Jackson's Letter of Resignation

Mayor Emanuel released a statement, saying, "As Sandi takes this time to focus on her family, we give her our deepest thanks and support for her service to our City and the residents of her ward. Her leadership has been greatly appreciated in the Chicago City Council."

The process to replace and identify an Alderman for the 7th district will be announced early next week, according to the release.

Sources say the mayor and the 7th ward Alderman talked in great length about her decision to resign by phone early Friday Afternoon.

Her resignation letter echoed the one submitted by her husband, Jesse Jackson Jr. when he quit congress. It cites accomplishes in her tenure.

"I have been fortunate to celebrate a myriad of milestones, including championing $98 million dollars in TIF funds, advancing the development of the Chicago Lakeside project, ushering in the construction and opening of the LEED Certified Powell Replacement School, as well as increasing the impact of 7th Ward CAPS programs and developing the first Special Service Area in the ward," Jackson writes.

Jackson goes on to say that, "throughout this remarkable journey, I have been inspired by the residents of the 7th Ward who exhibit an unwavering love for their neighborhood and deep determination to make Chicago a world-class city."

Governor Pat Quinn gave his first comments on Sandi Jackson's resignation to FOX 32 News Friday. 

"I've known Sandi a long, long time. She's a very good person. For all the times I've known her, she's a generous person and I wish her well," Quinn says. "I wish Congressman Jackson good health and a good life and the same way for Sandi and the kids."

As FOX 32's Mike Flannery reported, one sign of her growing detachment were records kept by the city clerk showing Mrs. Jackson's absences. She missed more than 93 percent of 58 City Council committee meetings in 2012.

2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fiorertti worked on the City Finance Committee with Jackson and said the city of Chicago will miss her.

"I think it was something in the works and I think she's been considering it for awhile, especially since she's been missing some of her duties as an Alderman, so I think she made the right decision," Fioretti says.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Mrs. Jackson is a subject of the same investigation as her husband Jesse. The investigation is reportedly focused on whether campaign funds were used improperly to rehab and redecorate one of the family's homes. Former Asst. U.S. Attorney Michael Monico told Fox 32 News that, if Mrs. Jackson did not have her own, separate defense lawyer, she needed one.

Her husband reportedly learned last spring that the FBI was investigating his finances. He resigned Nov. 21, issuing a written statement that confessed unspecified "mistakes" and confirmed the FBI's criminal investigation. Former Rep. Jackson also cited ongoing treatment of his severe bipolar personality disorder.

Sandi Jackson has served in Chicago's 7th Ward since 2007.

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