CHICAGO—U.S. Rep.Jesse Jackson Jr. is getting mental health treatment.
A brief statement released by Jackson's doctor says, "The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder. He is responding positively to treatment."
The congressman's father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, avoided the press for the first time in the 41-year history of the conference of his Rainbow PUSH coalition.
It was congressman Jackson's wife, alderman Sandi Jackson, who suggested day that a statement from her husband's doctors was likely coming soon, after a chorus of calls from his fellow democrats to tell his constituents something.
“This is not an unusual circumstance,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer. “People get sick. And when people get sick they miss work and everybody in America understands that, but I think the family would be well-advised to give his constituents as much information as is appropriate."
"Hopefully he will have the appropriate evaluation so he can share that information," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
Some of Jackson's constituents told WGN-TV they want to know more about the Congressman's condition.
Gov. Pat Quinn says he is praying for Jackson.