Jesse Jackson Jr. Takes Medical Leave Indefinitely and Asks for Privacy

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr is on medical leave and it is not clear when he will be back.  According to a short news release from Jackson’s office, he has been on medical leave since June 10 and is seeking treatment for exhaustion. In the release,  47 year old Jackson has requested that the public respect his family’s privacy.

It was reportedly noticeable among his congressional colleagues that he was missing from the House floor and he missed votes.

Earlier this year, Jackson had to put more effort into his campaign  because he had a strong opponent in U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson. He won even though he is the target of a House ethics investigation. He has also been busy with campaigning for a third airport in the Chicago area as well as opposing a proposed federal detention center for illegal immigrants.

Jackson has been in office since 1995 and represents Illinois’ 2nd District.

According to,

The House Ethics Committee probe involves allegations that Jackson was involved in discussions about raising money for then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaign in exchange for Blagojevich appointing him to President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.

Jackson has not been charged and maintains that he is innocent.

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