Jesse Jackson Jr.

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Chicago, is in more serious condition that initially thought, according to a statement from his office.

The congressman's staff "was recently made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time," the statement says.

It says 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, with outpatient treatment after that.

Rep. Jackson off on medical leave

Jun 26, 2012

Few details are being provided about the unexpected medical leave of absence that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Chicago, began on June 10.

The three-sentence statement says Jackson went on medical leave just over two weeks ago. It says Jackson "asks that you respect his family's privacy."

A spokesman says the congressman is being treated for exhaustion. He had no further comment. Jackson's district offices remain open.

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