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Sandi Jackson attends City Council meeting, won`t resign yet

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Embattled Ald. Sandi Jackson attended Wednesday's City Council meeting. She's back in the public spotlight for the first time since her husband, Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress.

Ald. Jackson (7th) also told reporters that she intends to finish her term on the council, "unless something catastrophic happens."

FOX 32 News first reported Monday night that a source close to Jackson said she is preparing to resign from City Council. That source also said she's unlikely to complete her current term and could be gone from Chicago next year.

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But Jackson shot that claim down Tuesday. She also told reporters she has no interest in running for her husband's congressional seat to represent Illinois' 2nd district.

The rather routine City Council meeting did not include a special public reference to Ald. Jackson's attendance, but she did receive a lot of attention behind the scenes from her fellow aldermen and other city hall staffers.

Jackson took her assigned seat, front and center, in council chambers Wednesday – and nearly forgot to answer that she was present when her name was called.

Her chief of staff said Ald. Jackson is excited to be back doing the work of her constituents, but is unhappy that so much reporting has focused on her, and the are false claim that she intends to resign. She is unhappy that her absenteeism from council has been highlighted, and declined any on-camera statements.

She did cast a vote to okay the city's plan to buy bulk electricity, and Mayor Emanuel said it would save consumers money in utility charges. The final vote on his aggregation program was taken at Wednesday's meeting.

"We again are protecting our consumers and making sure that the source of the government is there to protect them, whether from the utility bill, to not being a scam on any type of mortgages or financial products who pry on the most vulnerable," Emanuel said. "Without the voice of government, our residents would not have that voice."

Chicago voters approved the referendum last month, giving the city permission to negotiate for cheaper electricity prices. Now it's the Finance Committee and City Council's turn to cast their vote.

Other topics on the table include measures to increase fines on garbage companies, which aldermen say make too much noise.

Jackson's spokeswoman said this is the kind of work the alderman wants to focus on at this point in time. She also said her public statement made Tuesday, that she intends it fill out her council term, should stand again Wednesday.

Off camera, one alderman told FOX 32 News what she said during the committee meeting.

"Sandi was effervescent, a new woman." said one alderman. "She told me that sometimes this year, with her husband sick and that whole FBI investigation, 'There were days I didn't feel like getting up.'"

Jesse Jackson, Jr. resigned from Congress last month and Mrs. Jackson herself confirmed on Tuesday that she will not run to replace him.

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