Jesse Jackson Jr. Strikes Plea Deal, May Face Jail Former congressman accused of misusing campaign funds By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Feb 8, 2013 12:28 PM CST 30 comments Comments A 2011 file photo of Jesse Jackson Jr. in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) (Newser) – Jesse Jackson Jr. has struck a deal on federal charges that he used campaign contributions for personal expenses, reports NBC Chicago. He will have to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the big question is whether Jackson is headed to jail. NBC says it's up to a federal judge, but the Chicago Sun-Times says the deal involves at least some time in a federal prison. Also unclear is whether Jackson's wife will face penalties. Jackson resigned from Congress a few months ago amid the inquiry and his battle with bipolar disorder.