WBEZ | leave of absence http://www.wbez.org/tags/leave-absence Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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