Rep. Jackson Expected to Return from Leave in Weeks

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- An aide to Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. says the Chicago Democrat is expected back from medical leave within weeks.

Spokesman Rick Bryant says he recently spoke with Jackson and he seemed upbeat and "like his old self." He says Jackson wanted him to call mayors in his district that stretches south of Chicago to get updates on projects.

Jackson has been on medical leave for two months. He's currently being treated for depression and gastrointestinal issues at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic.

His office has released few details. Staff initially said his leave that started June 10 was for exhaustion and later said it was for treatment of a "mood disorder."

His office only recently disclosed that Jackson had been transferred to the Rochester clinic after spending time at an Arizona facility.

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