Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr.
(D-East St. Louis)
East St. Louis, IL 62205
(618) 875-9870 (fax)
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8794 (fax)
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State Representative Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr., a longtime educator, principal, and city council member, began his first term in the General Assembly in 2009 with a commitment to continue the work of his predecessor to improve local schools, spur economic development, and create good-paying jobs for 114th District residents. His background both as an educator and a city planner make him uniquely qualified to represent the districtís urban, suburban and rural communities.
As a longtime East St. Louis City Councilman, including several terms as President Pro Tem, Jackson has worked to pass significant legislation to revitalize and strengthen East St. Louis. His work includes the Parsons Place Project/Emerson Park Development, which is the first major development of affordable, single-family homes in over three decades, and includes new streets, a park, MetroLink station, and landscaping. Jackson also fought for Phase II of the Riverfront Development project in conjunction with the Casino Queen, an ongoing effort that has brought economic benefits and jobs to the region. Along with his work for revitalization and affordable housing, Jackson also spearheaded the East St. Louis Public Library project, a $4.3 million effort that led to the creation of a modern library facility and that has enhanced the quality of life for local residents.
For the 96th General Assembly, Jackson has been appointed Vice-Chair of the House Consumer Protection Committee, and he is a member of the Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations, Health Care Licenses, and Human Services Appropriations committees.
Raised in East St. Louis, Jackson received both his Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of City Planning degrees from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He taught science at East St. Louis Sr. High School for many years, leaving to become Assistant Principal at Clark Jr. High School. He later received a General Administrative Certificate from SIUE and served as Principal of the A.M. Jackson Math and Science Academy from 1989 to 2004.
Jackson and his wife, Pearlie, are the parents of two grown children, Eddie, Jr., a fireman, and Emeka, who works in capital development for the state of Illinois.
The 114th District includes all or parts of Alorton, Belleville, Brooklyn, Cahokia, Centreville, East St. Louis, Fairview Heights, Mascoutah, Millstadt, O'Fallon, Sauget, Scott Air Force Base, Shiloh, Swansea and Washington Park.
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