Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Timeline
October 15, 2012 6:08PM
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., addresses the delegates at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, July 27, 2004, in Boston. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Updated: November 13, 2012 12:22PM
June 10, 2012: U.S Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. takes medical leave, although his office does not disclose it until two weeks later. His office issues at least 16 news releases in the interim, many quoting the congressman. In August, his wife tells Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed her husband collapsed at their Washington home.
June 25: Jackson’s office first discloses that he has been on medical leave for the previous two weeks. In a three-sentence statement, his office reports he is on medical leave for “exhaustion.”
July 5: Jackson’s office says he has checked himself in for treatment of long-term “physical and emotional ailments.” His exact ailment, expected return to work and whereabouts are not disclosed, but more than a month later, the family confirms he was at Sierra Tucson Treatment Center in Arizona, which specializes in mental health.
July 11: Another brief release states Jackson is being treated for a “mood disorder.”
July 13: The congressman’s mother, Jacqueline Jackson, tells a Rainbow/PUSH conference that her son has suffered years of “enormous disappointment” over his failure to become a senator or mayor of Chicago.
July 25: Jackson is quietly transported to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Two days later, his spokesman is still saying, “He is still in Arizona.”
July 27: Jackson first discloses that he is at the Mayo Clinic, after Sneed reports it. The clinic releases a statement on Jackson’s behalf saying he is there “for extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues.”
Aug. 3: Ald. Sandi Jackson tells Sneed her husband has been “completely debilitated by depression.”
Aug. 8: Ald . Jackson tells columnist Lynn Sweet her husband could be home as early as Sept. 1 and will campaign “vigorously” for re-election.
Aug. 13: The Mayo Clinic reports that Rep. Jackson has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is “responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength.” It also notes that the disorder is “most likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors” and says that the “gastric bypass surgery” he underwent “can change how the body absorbs food, liquids, vitamins, nutrients and medications.”
Sept. 7: Aides announce Rep. Jackson has been released from Mayo and is back with his kids in Washington, D.C. “Yes, he’s home in Washington,” spokesman Rick Bryant said. “Yes, he may be back to work on Monday” when Congress reconvenes.
Sept. 10: Congress returns — but Rep. Jackson doesn’t.
Oct. 3: Sandi Jackson says there will be “no last-minute switcheroos” with her husband on the November ballot — but also raised the possibility he may not return to work before the election.
Oct. 12: The Sun-Times reveals federal investigators in Washington, D.C. are probing the congressman’s finances, including “suspicious activity.”