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Somewhat ending a mystery that had many in Washington and Illinios scratching their heads, Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. acknowledged that he is receiving treatment at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., reports Reuters. After being out of the public eye for more than six weeks, the Illinois Democrat released a short statement through the hospital stating that he is undergoing “extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues.” The statement released late Friday failed to say where the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson had been staying before he arrived at the Mayo Clinic, notes the Associated Press.
The Chicago Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed says Jackson was being treated in Tucson for a “mood disorder” since early June and was flown to Rochester via private plane late Wednesday. Jackson allegedly planned to return to work before Labor Day but that may have changed now that he’s at the Mayo Clinic.
Even though the statement was short on details, it was still the most extensive news of the congressman’s health since he took medical leave on June 10, points out the Wall Street Journal. During these last few weeks, his staff has released such little information about his whereabouts that it only raised more questions about his condition, first saying he was being treated for exhaustion and then saying the condition was more serious than initially believed.