Illinois' Jackson Will Receive Extended Medical Help

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Illinois' Jackson Will Receive Extended Medical Help


Lengell, Sean, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Byline: Sean Lengell, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., who took a leave of absence from his congressional work last month because of exhaustion, is in worse medical shape than first realized and will receive extended medical help.

A statement released by the nine-term Illinois Democrat's office Thursday said Mr. Jackson is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility per doctors' wishes.

Congressman Jackson's medical condition is more serious than we thought and initially believed, the statement said. "Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time.

We ask that you keep Congressman Jackson and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult period.

His office didn't disclose his location or provide details of his medical condition.

The news baffled congressional colleagues who noted Mr. Jackson's absence on the House floor in previous weeks. Several have said they have not heard from him or seen him.

No one has a clue, said Rep. Mike Quigley, a fellow Illinois Democrat. There is concern among his colleagues .. Anybody there could understand that It's a stressful occupation.

While on his leave last week Mr. Jackson applauded the Supreme Court's decision to uphold most of President Obama's health-care law in a statement issued by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition founded by his father, former Democratic presidential-primary candidate Jesse Jackson.

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