Representative Jackson Needs ‘Extended In-Patient Treatment’

July 6, 2012

July 5 (Bloomberg) — U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. needs “extended in-patient treatment,” and his medical condition is “more serious” than initially thought, the Illinois congressman’s office said today.

“Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time,” according to an e-mailed statement today from Jackson’s office. “At present, he is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility.”

There were no additional details in the statement on the condition of Jackson, a Democrat who represents Chicago’s south side and some suburbs, or where he is being treated. His office said on June 25 that he had started a medical leave on June 10 because he was suffering from exhaustion.

Jackson, 47, who is more than halfway through his ninth term in Congress, has faced political and personal stress as he fended off a primary challenge in March from former Representative Debbie Halvorson.

The House Ethics Committee confirmed in December that it was conducting an inquiry into whether Jackson had improperly lobbied then-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama in 2008 after his election as president.


Associate Charged


One of the figures at the center of the alleged scheme, Chicago businessman Raghuveer Nayak, was arrested on June 20 on unrelated federal charges that alleged he paid bribes and kickbacks to doctors for patient referrals, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In its 2009 report released Dec. 2, 2011, the Ethics Committee wrote that there was “probable cause to believe” that Jackson either “directed” Nayak to raise campaign money for Blagojevich in exchange for appointment to Obama’s Senate seat or knew that “Nayak would make such an offer.”

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