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Congressman Takes Leave for 'Exhaustion'

8:22 AM, Jun 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. " has been on medical leave from Congress for the past two weeks and is being treated for exhaustion," the Chicago Tribune reports. Jackson has been on medical leave for the last 16 days, since June 10. His last House vote was on June 8.

Jesse Jackson, Jr., official photo portrait

But his office is continuing to work. "During that time, Jackson’s office has issued at least 10 news releases, including a statement two days after he took medical leave in which he was quoted commending officials in south suburban Crete for withdrawing support for an immigration detention center," the Tribune reports.

“He asks that you respect his family’s privacy,” a statement released by his office reads, according to the Hill. “His offices remain open to serve residents of the Second District.”

Jackson represents Illinois's Second Congressional District.

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