Mel Reynolds

Former Congressman Melvin Reynolds arrives at the Harare Magistrates court on February 19, 2014. Reynolds had been arrested for violating immigration laws and possessing pornographic material. (Photo credit: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Mel Reynolds, In Hiding, Complains Media Ran With Trumped-Up African Porn Charges

Disgraced former Congressman Mel Reynolds says he is in hiding in South Africa following his deportation from Zimbabwe, where he says authorities trumped up pornography charges against him.

03/03/2014

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds arrives at court in Harare, Zimbabwe, to appear on charges of immigration violations and possession of pornography. (Credit: The Herald)

Former Congressman Reynolds Deported From Zimbabwe

Lawyers for former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds say he was deported to the U.S. after a paying a fine for violating Zimbabwe’s immigration laws.

02/24/2014

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds arrives at court in Harare, Zimbabwe, to appear on charges of immigration violations and possession of pornography. (Credit: The Herald)

Reynolds’ Porn Charge Dismissed In Zimbabwe; Guilty Plea On Immigration Violation

A Zimbabwean magistrate on Friday dismissed charges against former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds of possessing pornography, and he was ordered to pay a fine or face jail time after pleading guilty to charges of violating the country’s immigration laws.

02/21/2014

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds (in cap) after he was arrested by immigration officials and CID officers at the Bronte Garden Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Picture By Justin Mutenda/The Herald)

No Plea Yet For Reynolds On Immigration Charge In Zimbabwe

The lawyer for former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds said Thursday his client needed more time to understand the “essential elements” of the charges he faces after he failed to enter a plea on charges of violating immigration law.

02/20/2014

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds (in cap) after he was arrested by immigration officials and CID officers at the Bronte Garden Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Picture By Justin Mutenda/The Herald)

Former Congressman Reynolds Pleads Not Guilty In Zimbabwe

Visibly exhausted, former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds pleaded not guilty in a Zimbabwe court on Wednesday to charges of possessing pornography and must spend another night in jail before he can apply for bail.

02/19/2014

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds (in cap) after he was arrested by immigration officials and CID officers at the Bronte Garden Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Picture By Justin Mutenda/The Herald)

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds Arrested In Zimbabwe

Reynolds was arrested for allegedly possessing pornographic material and violating immigration laws. Reynolds resigned from his congressional seat in 1995 after he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography.

02/18/2014

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds announces his 2012 campaign for the congressional seat he once held in the 1990s. (CBS).

Reynolds Defends Jesse Jackson Jr.

As reports circulate of a Jesse Jackson Jr. plea agreement, a contrarian view arises from one who sees the investigation as a diversion from the city’s real problems.

02/09/2013

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds announces his 2012 campaign for the congressional seat he once held in the 1990s. (CBS).

Reynolds Urges FBI To Help Chicago Police Fight Gun Violence

Second Congressional District candidate Mel Reynolds on Wednesday urged federal authorities to focus on gun violence in Chicago, instead of alleged financial misdealings by former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife.

WBBM Newsradio–02/06/2013

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (left) and former State Rep. Robin Kelly (right) are running to replace U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress.

Preckwinkle Endorses Hutchinson Over Kelly For Jackson’s Seat

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Monday that she’s endorsing state Sen. Toi Hutchinson in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. over her former staffer, state Rep. Robin Kelly.

01/28/2013

Former U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: Getty Images)

22 Candidates Enter Race For Jackson’s Empty Seat In Congress

As expected, there is a very crowded field of candidates vying to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress. Seventeen Democrats and five Republicans met Monday evening’s deadline to file nominating petitions to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat in the upcoming special election.

01/07/2013

U.S. Capitol Dome

Candidates Begin Filing Petitions To Run For Jackson Jr.’s Seat

More than half a dozen Democrats turned in candidacy petitions Thursday to the Illinois Board of Elections.

01/03/2013

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds announces his 2012 campaign for the congressional seat he once held in the 1990s. (CBS).

SNAP Opposes Reynolds’ Run For Congress

Mel Reynolds’ decision to run for Congress has riled up a group that advocates on behalf of priest sex abuse victims.

11/29/2012

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (left) and former State Rep. Robin Kelly (right) are running to replace U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress.

Hutchinson, Kelly, Beale Join Race To Replace Jackson In Congress

Add three more names to the growing list of candidates running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the 2nd Congressional District: Illinois State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields), Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), and Robin Kelly — a top aide to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

11/29/2012

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds announces his 2012 campaign for the congressional seat he once held in the 1990s. (CBS).

Ex-Rep. Mel Reynolds To Run For Jackson Jr. Seat

An ex-convict who preceded Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, now wants to win back his former congressional seat.

CBS Chicago–11/28/2012