Jackson Jr. leaves Mayo, wife Sandi also under investigation - FOX 32 News Chicago

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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has left the Mayo Clinic but is still receiving treatment in Rochester. According to Mayo Clinic spokesperson Nick Hanson, the congressman is no longer a patient at the Rochester, Minn. facility.

Hanson says that although Jackson is no longer a current patient, his treatment to manage and treat depression are ongoing.

"Although he is no longer a current patient, he continues to cope with bipolar II disorder and will remain under the care of physicians as part of his ongoing treatment to manage and treat depression," Hanson said in a statement.

Hanson said Jackson left the clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

This comes as his wife, Alderman Sandi Jackson, is also under scrutiny.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the congressman's wife Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) has become a subject of the same federal investigation. The Journal reports that her conduct is being investigated as part of the plea negotiations, as it related to the allegations of using campaign funds to decorate their Washington home.

A source told Fox 32 News that Sandi Jackson is a paid consultant for the congressman's campaign and she receives a monthly check of $5,000. The federal government is trying to determine if she knew her husband misused funds.

When reached by text Tuesday evening for a comment on a federal investigation involving her, Alderman Sandi Jackson told Fox 32's Darlene Hill exclusively, "JJ's attys asked the family not to comment on anything. It's killing me because 90 percent of this stuff is false.."

When asked for an on-camera interview and for a response as to which 10% is true, Sandi Jackson said: "I'm gonna be a while."

Jesse Jackson Jr. is the target of a federal investigation regarding the alleged misuse of his campaign funds. The allegations state the congressman bought a $40,000 Rolex for a female friend and decorated his home with campaign money.

Reports of the congressman working on a plea deal with the feds shocked the public last week, surfacing the day after the election. If Jackson pleads guilty, he will have to vacate his seat. No one can hold public office and be guilty of a crime.


A source told FOX 32 News that Rep. Jackson's resignation could happen within weeks. Sources close to the family said the Jacksons put their home on the market to stockpile money in the event of a sale. Jackson faces jail time if found guilty in the federal investigation, and the additional money would safeguard the family if he goes to prison.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to take a vote in Washington at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Neither the congressman nor his representative have given any indication that he plans to participate.

Jackson Jr. received treatment for bipolar disorder and gastrointestinal issues at the Mayo Clinic this summer. He took medical leave in June, without giving the public a reason until several weeks later. He was admitted to the clinic for the first time in October, and has made trips back and forth between Minnesota and his Washington home in the months since.

Rep. Jackson was re-elected to his congressional seat by claiming around 60% of the vote in Illinois' 2nd district last week. Despite his decision not to campaign during election season, it appears most of his constituents think he is the man for the job.

This will be his ninth term representing the Chicago area district. Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other prominent local political leaders have urged Jackson to come forward and talk to his constituents about what he will do at this point, but the congressman has not made any plans to do so public.

The U.S. House Ethics Committee is also investigating whether the congressman played a part in the sale of President Obama's Senate seat when he was elected to the White House in 2008. These dealing are part of what put former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich in prison for 14 years. Blagojevich was convicted in June of last year.

Sources close to the Jackson family told FOX 32 News that Jackson has been bi-polar for some time, and the stress of these two investigations have caused more frequent and longer-lasting bouts of depression.

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