Monday, November 19, 2012
An email from Jackson's chief of staff revealed the Congressman spent a brief amount of time working in October.
Jesse Jackson Jr. took a break from his leave of absence to do some work in October, an email from his chief of staff reveals. Chief of Staff Rick Bryant said Jackson returned to work for a time near the end of last month, Eurweb reports. Bryant sent an e-mail to staff member Oct. 24, stating, “As you may know, Congressman Jackson has been out of the public eye and away from Washington since the summer. Recently, however, he has had a small window of opportunity to look at a number of issues concerning this office.” Bryant went on to state to Jackson’s director of community outreach, Change Hamilton-Hayyim, that she would be terminated for helping an independent candidate running against him. “This is the congressman’s final decision,” …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The recently re-elected Congressman is reportedly leaving the Mayo Clinic after several weeks, but a spokesperson from the clinic says he doesn’t know where Jackson is.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has departed from the Mayo clinic, according to the Chicago Tribune. A spokesperson from the clinic reported the information earlier today, but said he’s not sure where Jackson went, reports say. The newly re-elected Congressman has been at Mayo since October. He previously spent several weeks during the summer there, during which he was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. All throughout, Jackson has eluded nearly all media outlets. In addition to his illness, Jackson faces a federal investigation for allegedly misusing his campaign funds and is reportedly in plea deal talks that could involve jail time. After nearly six months on a leave of absence from Congress, it’s uncertain what Jackson’s future plans …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Second Congressional Candidate Marcus Lewis says leaked audio of a Matteson pastor’s sermon is evidence that the current congressman is campaigning through religious figures, and that this particular church’s tax-exempt status should be in question.
This article was updated at 11:55 a.m. on Oct. 31, 2012 to include information about the 501(c)(3) tax exemption. Controversy erupted on the Patch comment boards Tuesday when we released an audio recording of Matteson Rev. Andrew Singleton Jr. vocalizing his support for the re-election of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. The recording now has independent opponent Marcus Lewis contending that the pastor’s speech may be in a violation of the law and that Jackson is using religious authorities as a sneaky campaign trick. "He's campaigning across the pulpit," Lewis said. "His church can and should lose its tax-exempt status because of that." In the recording, Singleton tells his congregation at Victory Apostolic Church he continues to support …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Likening Jesse Jackson Jr. to injured Bulls superstar Derrick Rose, Congressman Bobby Rush says no one should be calling for Jackson's return to duty now.
Calling Jesse Jackson Jr. the "Derrick Rose of the Illinois delegation" to Congress, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush says 2nd District residents should give Jackson time to heal. Rush and fellow Congressman Danny Davis met with Jackson at his D.C. home., then flew home to Chicago for a late Monday press conference, according to the Chicago Tribune. Davis said he and Rush met with Jackson in person for "a personal assessment of his mental and emotional state" — and during their two-hour talk Jackson cried. "He has not been derelict in his duties. ... No one is clamoring for Derrick Rose to come back before he should." Speaking at O'Hare Airport after arriving from Washington, Rush said Jackson left for the Mayo Clinic Monday. Reports the Tribune: …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
After six weeks on medical leave, U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. has been admitted to Mayo Clinic for treatment of 'depression and gastrointestinal issues,' Sun-Times Media reports.
After six weeks on medical leave from Congress, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is now being treated for depression and gastrointestinal issues at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Sun-Times Media reports. Prior to his admittance into Mayo Clinic, it was reported that Jackson, 46, was receiving intense medical treatment for a "mood disorder" at an undisclosed location. According to the most recent Sun-Times Media report, Mayo Clinic offered a statement on Jackson's behalf, noting that he had been transferred to the clinic for "extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues."