Party leaders, colleagues, urge congressman to provide health information

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Associated Press

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 11 at 4:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House leaders are urging congressman Jesse Jackson of Illinois to provide a public update about his health as soon as possible -- saying he owes it to the people he represents.

Jackson has been on medical leave for a month without disclosing details about his condition or his location. His colleagues and constituents are also looking for information.

A Jackson spokesman in Chicago says his staff hopes to get more information from doctors "soon."

Jackson, the son of the civil rights leader of the same name, went on leave a month ago but did not disclose it publicly until two weeks later. Staff members initially said he was being treated for exhaustion. Last week they said his condition was worse than previously thought, and that it required treatment at an inpatient facility.

Staff also said Jackson has been privately battling emotional problems.

The congressman's father has called it a private issue, and has declined to give details.

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APPHOTO CX103: FILE - In this March 20, 2012 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. speaks in Chicago. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she expects Jackson to explain his weeks-long leave of absence after he has had an evaluation of his evaluation of his medical condition. Pelosi indicated that she had not spoken to the Illinois Democrat. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) (20 Mar 2012)

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