July 5 (Bloomberg) — U.S.Â Representative Jesse JacksonÂ Jr. needs â€œextended in-patient treatment,â€ and his medical condition is â€œmore seriousâ€ than initially thought, the Illinois congressmanâ€™s office saidÂ today.
â€œRecently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time,â€ according to an e-mailed statement today from Jacksonâ€™s office. â€œAt present, he is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medicalÂ facility.â€
There were no additional details in the statement on the condition of Jackson, a Democrat who represents Chicagoâ€™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 fromÂ 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 RepresentativeÂ Debbie Halvorson.
TheÂ House Ethics CommitteeÂ confirmed in December that it was conducting an inquiry into whether Jackson had improperly lobbied then-IllinoisÂ Governor Rod BlagojevichÂ for appointment to theÂ U.S. SenateÂ seat vacated byÂ Barack ObamaÂ in 2008 after his election asÂ president.
One of the figures at the center of the alleged scheme, Chicago businessmanÂ 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 ofÂ Justice.
In its 2009 report released Dec. 2, 2011, the Ethics Committee wrote that there was â€œprobable cause to believeâ€ that Jackson either â€œdirectedâ€ Nayak to raise campaign money for Blagojevich in exchange for appointment to Obamaâ€™s Senate seat or knew that â€œNayak would make such anÂ offer.â€
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