Doctors for Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Chicago), who has been absent from Congress for a month, say he is being treated for mood disorder. The news from Jackson’s doctors came Wednesday evening. “The congressman is receiving intense medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder,” said a statement from the congressman’s office.
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Several of Jackson’s colleagues have expressed concern for Jackson, who took a leave of absence June 10. Since his leave was made public June 25, some have called on Jackson to further explain his situation. Other close colleagues and supporters said Jackson should be left to rest and explain the situation later.
Gov. Pat Quinn says he is praying for the congressman. “I think you’ve heard enough that he has some health challenges that he’s dealing with right now and I think it’s good that we help that person out,” Quinn said.
Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) called on Jackson to let his constituents know his condition. U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she expected Jackson to explain his absence after he has had an evaluation on his medical condition.