Sandi Jackson speaks to staff on last day as alderman

She missed most city council meetings over the past year, so it’s not that surprising that Sandi Jackson was nowhere to be seen on her last day as alderman of Chicago’s 7th Ward.

Tonight workers and supporters gathered at her ward office where Jackson spoke to them via phone.

She’d said she was in Alabama for a family funeral.

Supporters did not share her comments tonight.

Jackson announced her resignation on Friday.  It comes after her husband, Jesse Jackson Jr resigned from congress because of treatment for bipolar disorder– and with a federal investigation hanging over him.

Sandi Jackson cited the need to take care of her family in her resignation letter.

In a text message tonight, Jackson wrote about her staff saying, “I told them how much I love and appreciate them and assured them the progress we’ve made will not end. I encouraged them to stay engaged because  there is still so much work to be done. Then I encouraged them to ask any question they wanted in order to dispel any rumors they may be hearing. It was a very robust, lively and heartwarming meeting!”

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