Questions swirl around Rep. Jackson's absence

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., who took a leave of absence from congress last month due to unspecified "physical and mental" problems, is starting to get flack from his fellow Democrats and constituents about the secrecy surrounding his ailments. The Hill: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) had a "responsibility" to release more information about his medical condition, which has caused the congressman to go on leave. "As a public official, there comes a point when you have a responsibility to tell the public what's going on," Durbin said at a press conference in Chicago, according to Crain's Chicago Business on Monday. He added that Jackson "will soon have to make a report on the physical condition he's struggling with." Durbin's comments are in response to an announcement from Jackson's office on Thursday that the congressman's condition, which is unspecified, is "more serious" than had originally been thought. The nine-term House lawmaker is currently in...(Read Full Post)