Throughout his 17-year tenure in the U.S. Congress, Jesse Jackson Jr. has done numerous deeds that have benefited the State of Illinois, Congress and constituents of the 2nd Congressional District. These accomplishments include the induction of a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in the National Statuary Hall, expansion of the emergency rooms at Roseland and St. James hospitals, rebuilding of several Metra Train stations, creation of a 911 dispatch center, funding Greater Roseland Senior Housing and Jesse L. Jackson Senior Housing, and the Ford Heights Flood Abatement Project. In addition, Jackson has dedicated his life to extending economic opportunity to south siders by forming the Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission, while securing private donations to build the airport without cost to taxpayers of Illinois. These accomplishments have created jobs and revenue for our community and state. Until his medical issues of late, Jackson has long been noted for his dedicated attendance in the halls of Congress; he has applied himself by the simple, dutiful act of showing up to represent his constituents in every instance.
This request is simple: Please consider probation and community service in lieu of jail time. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. can be utilized more effectively in the community. Jesse Jackson Jr. still has the credibility to reach our troubled youth in the areas in which he served. With the rising murder rate on the south and west sides of Chicago, we could use Jesse Jackson Jr. to teach troubled teens and gang bangers literacy, job training and citizenship, for example.
We pray you will consider this petition in favor of Jesse Jackson Jr. -- his talents, commitment and tenure -- and choose to use his triumphs and trials as a teaching tool to heal our community.