Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Testify in Rod Blagojevich Corruption Retrial

Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel (Chicago’s new mayor) created a sort of media frenzy when they appeared at the Dirksen federal courthouse in downtown Chicago this morning.

Jackson, a Democrat who represents the city’s south side in the U.S. House, testified first.

Jesse Jackson Jr. testified Wednesday at the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich that in 2003, Blagojevich implied he didn’t help Jackson Jr.’s wife because Jackson Jr. didn’t make a $25,000 donation to his first gubernatorial campaign. Mayor Rahm Emanuel followed with brief testimony lasting under 5 minutes.

A U.S. congressman and a White House chief of staff turned big-city mayor took the stand in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial today to forge, if only momentarily, the sort of excitement that surrounded the first trial.