Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) should be hearing from the House Ethics Committee on Friday--the deadline the panel set to determine the next step, if any, of its probe of his official conduct.
In November, the panel voted to end a deferral of an investigation that started in 2009, an outgrowth of the probe surrounding ousted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Among the issues: whether Jackson used his government staff to help him lobby for a Senate seat appointment, to fill the spot vacated by Barack Obama when he was elected president.
"Rep. Jackson may have violated federal law and House rules concerning the proper use of the member's representational allowance," the panel said.
."The Committee will announce its course of action in this matter on or before December 2, 2011," the panel said in a November release.