Metro-East News

Rodney Davis to file bill to end Jesse Jackson Jr.’s workers’ comp pay


Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, will file a bill Wednesday to ban former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Chicago, from collecting about $100,000 a year in workers compensation for an unspecified injury because Jackson was convicted of looting his campaign fund, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Jackson and his wife Sandi, a former alderman, both served time in prison for their roles in stealing about $750,000 from campaign funds, instead using the money for spending sprees between 2005 and 2012, the Sun-Times reported. They both pleaded guilty in February 2013.

“We want to make sure that anybody convicted of a crime, be that Congressman Jackson or any member of Congress, is not able to submit a claim for workers’ compensation at the same time,” Davis told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The measure, called “Protecting Taxpayers from Corruption Act,” would change the law to force any member of Congress who uses campaign money for their personal to forfeit eligibility for workers compensation, the Sun-Times reported. The legislation would require forfeiture of workers’ compensation benefits for a variety of offenses.

Jackson, who has battled severe mental health issues for years, gets $124,052 per year in workers comp and SSDI benefits for himself, the Sun-Times reported, as well as $14,400 per year for derivative benefits that goes to his children and counts as his income.

After being told of the pending legislation, Jackson’s attorney, Brendan Hammer, told the Sun-Times, “Mr. Jackson’s health and disability related benefits are a private matter that he will address only with his physicians and the departments of government that grant and renew those benefits.”