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 ninth-term Illinois Democrat’s office Thursday said that Mr. Jackson is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility per doctors’ orders.
“Congressman Jackson’s medical condition is more serious than we thought and initially believed,” his office 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.”
Mr. Jackson, 47, defeated a primary challenge this year despite facing a House ethics investigation that stems from reports he was involved in discussions about raising money for then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaign in exchange for Mr. Blagojevich appointing him to President Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat. The former governor is in prison on convictions related to the case.
Mr. Jackson also is accused of directing fundraiser and longtime friend Raghuveer Nayak to buy plane tickets for a woman described as Mr. Jackson’s “social acquaintance.” The congressman has called it a personal matter that he has dealt with privately with his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, the Associated Press reported.
Mr. Jackson is the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights and political activist, and has served portions of Chicago’s South Side and neighboring suburbs since 1995.