By Katherine Skiba Tribune reporter
WASHINGTON— Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged today with violating federal law by misusing campaign funds.
Jackson, 47, a Democrat from Chicago, faces felony charges, including conspiracy, in a criminal information filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Typically, federal prosecutors use an information to charge defendants when a plea deal has been negotiated.
His wife, Sandi Jackson, was charged in an information with one count of filing false tax returns.