Jesse Jackson Jr. Ordered to Pay Temporary Child Support

Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife Sandi Jackson arrive for their sentencing hearing Aug. 14, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a convicted felon who receives $138,400 a year in workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, must pay temporary monthly child support of $1,529 for his two children, a judge said Tuesday.

Judge Robert Okun of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia ordered Jackson to pay support for his two children with former Ald. Sandi Jackson beginning in March. The figure works out to about $50 a day.

The Jacksons are seeking to end their marriage in separate court filings in Washington and in Cook County. The couple signed a premarital agreement saying Illinois laws would govern any related litigation, the judge said. But Sandi Jackson’s bid for custody of the children and child support should be decided in D.C., where she lives, he said.

The judge said Jackson Jr. did not attend a hearing in the case last week and set March 15 as the next court date. He said a D.C. court does not have jurisdiction in the divorce and denied Sandi Jackson’s request for temporary alimony.

The couple wed in Chicago in 1991 and have two children, 16 and 13.

In 2013, Jackson Jr., a Chicago Democrat, pleaded guilty to looting about $750,000 from his campaign treasury. Sandi Jackson pleaded guilty to failing to report much of the income on tax returns.

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Source: Chicago Tribune | Katherine Skiba