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Jesse Jackson Jr., a Democrat, served in Congress representing an Illinois district for 17 years. / Charles Rex Arbogast, AP

Disgraced ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. reportedly is writing his memoir.

The Chicago Tribune reports the Democrat, who pleaded guilty last week to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds, is putting pen to paper and "desperately trying to change the narrative of his life story." The story, citing unnamed sources, says Jackson wants to "clear up his legacy."

Jackson resigned shortly after the November elections, ending a 17-year-career in the House. He will be sentenced in June for his actions, which included buying celebrity memorabilia, clothes and other luxury items over a seven-year period.

Jackson was hospitalized twice last year for bipolar disorder and took a lengthy leave of absence from Congress to deal with his health.

It's not the first time Jackson has written a book. The irony is that Jackson collaborated with his father, the civil rights leader, on a personal finance book in 1999 titled It's About the Money. In 2001, Jackson wrote A More Perfect Union with one of his aides. That book is an analysis of race and economics, which proposed constitutional amendments dealing with policy issues such as education and housing.



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