Jesse Jackson Jr. files for divorce from wife of 25 years

CHICAGO (AP) — A once-politically powerful couple might be going separate ways.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( ) that ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has filed for divorce from his wife of 25 years — former Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson.

Cook County court records show that Jesse Jackson Jr. filed a petition for dissolution of marriage Monday citing “irreconcilable differences.”

Both Jacksons pleaded guilty in August 2013 to schemes related to misuse of a congressional campaign fund. Each was sentenced to prison for diverting $750,000 in campaign funds to personal use from 2005 to 2012.

A judge allowed staggered sentences so one parent could remain with the couple’s two minor children.

The 51-year-old Jesse Jackson Jr. served 23 months of a 30-month sentence. The 53-year-old Sandi Jackson was sentenced to one year.

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