In this May 17, 2004 photo, U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. speaks at a vendor economic summit in Park Forest, Ill., regarding a proposed third airport. When Jackson disappeared on a mysteri

 

              In this May 17, 2004 photo, U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. speaks at a vendor economic summit in Park Forest, Ill., regarding a proposed third airport. When Jackson disappeared on a mysteri
In this May 17, 2004 photo, U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. speaks at a vendor economic summit in Park Forest, Ill., regarding a proposed third airport. When Jackson disappeared on a mysterious medical leave in June 2012, it took weeks for anyone in Washington to notice. Jackson has never lived up to the high expectations on the national stage. But none of that seems to matter in his district, where he’s brought home close to $1 billion in earmarks and other funding and won every election since 1995 in a landslide, despite nagging ethical questions over links to imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The dual roles could help explain why the Democrat has given so few details of his medical leave. (AP Photo/Chicago Sun-Times, Jean Lachat) CHICAGO LOCALS OUT, MAGS OUT