WBEZ | Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. http://www.wbez.org/tags/congressman-jesse-jackson-jr Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Jackson Jr. leaves Mayo Clinic http://www.wbez.org/news/jackson-jr-leaves-mayo-clinic-103816 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP284585612214.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has left the Mayo Clinic, where he was being treated for bipolar disorder for the second time since taking a leave of absence in June.</p><p>Mayo spokesman Nick Hanson says Jackson left the Minnesota clinic Tuesday. He did not know where Jackson was going.</p><p>The Jacksons had considered sending the congressman to another facility for &quot;more intense treatment&quot; of his bi-polar disorder, a source close to the family said Tuesday. But the source wasn&#39;t sure whether that&#39;s where the congressman is heading.</p><p>Jackson was elected Nov. 6 to a ninth full term representing his Chicago area district, despite not campaigning and barely appearing in public since taking medical leave.&nbsp;He spent election night at the clinic after returning there in October amid reports that he faced a new federal investigation into potential misuse of his campaign finances.</p><p>Jackson remains under a U.S. House committee&#39;s investigation into his dealings with imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.</p><p>Meanwhile, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says it&#39;s time for Jackson Jr. to let voters know what&#39;s going on.</p><p>&quot;The election is over,&quot; Quinn said. &quot;I think it&#39;s important for him to tell his constitutents and tell the public where he stands.&quot;</p><p>Quinn made his remarks just before the news broke about Jackson leaving the clinic.&nbsp;The governor declined to say if Jackson should leave resign, saying that decision was up to the congressman.</p><p>Jackson hasn&#39;t given any indication of when he&#39;ll return to office, but did suggest in a recent robocall to constituents that he is eager to get back to work. On Tuesday, Jackson spokesman Kevin Lampe said he didn&#39;t know when the congressman would return to work, or even update constituents about his condition.</p></p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/jackson-jr-leaves-mayo-clinic-103816 Rev. Jackson: Congressman son back at Mayo clinic for evaluation http://www.wbez.org/news/rev-jackson-congressman-son-back-mayo-clinic-evaluation-103342 <p><p>The Rev. Jesse&nbsp;Jackson&nbsp;says his congressman son has checked back into the Mayo Clinic for an evaluation.</p><div><p>The elder&nbsp;Jackson&nbsp;told The Associated Press that Congressman Jesse&nbsp;Jackson&nbsp;Jr. was back at the Minnesota facility Tuesday. He was released from there last month following treatment for bipolar disorder and gastrointestinal issues.</p><p>A Mayo spokesman and&nbsp;Jackson&#39;s&nbsp;office didn&#39;t immediately have an update.</p><p>The congressman&#39;s father says the evaluation may lead to a longer stay. Congressional colleagues who visited the younger&nbsp;Jackson&nbsp;Monday say he was preparing for a longer visit.</p><p>Jackson&nbsp;took medical leave in June. His staff has released few details about his condition and hasn&#39;t said when he&#39;ll return to work.</p><p>Jackson&nbsp;is on the Nov. 6 ballot although he hasn&#39;t <a href="http://www.wbez.org/jackson-jr-robocall-asks-patience-%E2%80%94-offers-no-timeline-return-103287">campaigned beyond a robocall to voters</a>.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/rev-jackson-congressman-son-back-mayo-clinic-evaluation-103342 Jesse Jackson Jr. requires in-patient treatment http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-requires-patient-treatment-100661 <p><p><em>Updated at 5:07 p.m.</em></p><p>The office of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., said Thursday that the Chicago Democrat&#39;s medical condition is more serious than staff initially thought or believed.</p><div><p>&quot;Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time,&quot; an emailed statement said.</p><p>It said Jackson is being evaluated and treated at an in-patient medical facility, and his doctors believe he will be there for an extended period of time, followed by outpatient treatment.</p><p>&quot;We ask that you keep Congressman Jackson and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult period,&quot; the statement concluded.</p><p>This is the first update on Jackson&#39;s health in over a week, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-takes-medical-leave-us-house-100405">when his staff said</a> he was on medical leave and being treated for &quot;exhaustion.&quot;</p><p>The once-rising Democratic star has faced accusations that he signed off on a pay-to-play offer aimed at winning a U.S. Senate appointment from ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Jackson has never been charged and has denied wrongdoing, though the House Ethics Committee is investigating.</p><p>In addition, the congressman acknowledged a private marital issue.</p><p>Long known for a near-perfect voting record in the U.S. House, Jackson has missed more than 70 straight votes.</p><p>Meantime, Jackson&#39;s Republican opponent in the November election said the public deserves to know more about the congressman&#39;s health.</p><p>&quot;My heart goes out to him - keep him in our thoughts and prayers for a good, quick recovery,&quot; Brian Woodworth said Thursday.</p><p>But on the other hand, Woodworth said, Jackson&#39;s office is not being specific enough.</p><p>&quot;Somebody who had a stroke like Senator Kirk - it&#39;s assumed he&#39;s going to be out for a long time. Somebody who&#39;s having hernia surgery, you&#39;re going to be out for a couple days,&quot; Woodworth said. &quot;So, for the public to understand what&#39;s going on with the representative, I think there&#39;s an obligation to be more open. And that&#39;s all I&#39;m saying.&quot;</p><p>The Second Congressional District, which stretches from Chicago&#39;s South Side to past Kankakee, is overwhelmingly Democratic.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 10:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-requires-patient-treatment-100661 Jesse Jackson Jr. takes medical leave from U.S. House http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-takes-medical-leave-us-house-100405 <p><p>U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.&#39;s office is providing few details about his unexpected medical leave of absence.&nbsp;His office on Monday disclosed that the Chicago Democrat, a 17-year congressional veteran, is being treated for exhaustion.</p><p>The three-sentence statement said Jackson went on medical leave just over two weeks ago, though his offices remain open.</p><p>&quot;He asks that you respect his family&#39;s privacy,&quot; read the statement.</p><p>Jackson&#39;s spokesman, Frank Watkins, said he would have no further comment.</p><p>Just last week, a Jackson fundraiser and family friend, Raghuveer Nayak, was arrested by federal authorities. The U.S. attorney said Nayak engaged in a kickback scheme to drive business to surgical centers he owned.</p><p>Nayak had also been a central figure in the trial of ex-governor Rod Blagojevich.&nbsp;The feds said Nayak promised to raise millions of dollars for the ex-governor&#39;s campaign fund if Blagojevich appointed Jackson to the U.S. Senate.</p><p>Jackson has denied any knowledge of the scheme, but the issue remains part of an investigation by the U.S. House Ethics Committee. That panel has yet to decide the case.</p><p>This past March, Jackson faced a primary challenge from former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson. Despite the bruising nature of the campaigns, Jackson won handily, with more than 70 percent of the vote.</p><p>In the November election, he&#39;ll face Republican Brian Woodworth. Independent candidate Marcus Lewis also filed his paperwork with the Illinois State Board of Elections, but could face a ballot challenge.</p><p>The timing of Jackson&#39;s announcement, released Monday after regular business hours, is curious. Monday was the deadline for independent and third party candidates in Illinois to file for the November ballot.</p><p>Jackson has already missed more than 30 votes on the U.S. House floor.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/jesse-jackson-jr-takes-medical-leave-us-house-100405 Jesse Jackson Jr. speaks out on tough Democratic primary http://www.wbez.org/story/jesse-jackson-jr-speaks-out-tough-democratic-primary-96000 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-31/Jesse Jackson Jr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In a rare media availability Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. spoke out about his upcoming battle for re-election. Jackson held a press conference to propose making part of the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2012-01-31/could-citys-pullman-community-become-home-chicagos-first-national-park-95974">historic Pullman neighborhood a national park</a>.</p><p>But Jackson was asked about some big endorsements in his upcoming Democratic primary race against former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson.</p><p>Jackson has claimed he's being endorsed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Barack Obama. But that's not what Mayor Emanuel said a couple of weeks ago.</p><p>"I said he's a good friend, I said he's done good work. The real choice for Congressman will be by the people of the 2nd district, not me," Emanuel said.</p><p>Jackson said he does have the backing of both Emanuel and the president.</p><p>"I'm confident - I'm confident in that list. I double checked it myself and talked with everyone on that list myself," Jackson said.</p><p>Jackson did not say if he plans to debate Halvorson publicly. Instead, he said he'll participate in a forum with the Chicago Tribune.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/jesse-jackson-jr-speaks-out-tough-democratic-primary-96000 Examining the impact of high-profile witnesses in the Blagojevich retrial http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-26/examining-impact-high-profile-witnesses-blagojevich-retrial-87063 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-26/Blago Getty Frank Polich.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A spokesman for Rod Blagojevich says the ex-governor plans to testify in his corruption re-trial. His appearance on the stand could come as early as Thursday morning. Meanwhile, his defense has been keeping the seat prepared for him.<br> <br> On Wednesday they called Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to the stand. Their appearance was much anticipated but their testimony was brief. So, do high-profile witnesses help or hurt his case?<br> <br> To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to Attorney <a href="http://www.zmf.com/team_tuerkheimer.html" target="_blank">Alan Tuerkheimer</a>, an expert jury consultant with Zagnoli McEvoy Foley.</p><p><em>Music Button: Gutbucket, "Part One: Dyslexic Messiah", from the CD Flock, (Cuneiform)</em></p></p> Thu, 26 May 2011 13:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-26/examining-impact-high-profile-witnesses-blagojevich-retrial-87063