Durbin: Jackson Must Give Medical Update ‘Soon’

Source: Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune

Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who almost a month ago began a medical leave from Congress, soon will have to disclose his unspecified health problem.

Durbin, addressing a news conference in Chicago, said: “As a public official … there reaches a point when you have a responsibility to tell people what you’re facing and how things are going.”

He said that if Jackson is in a tenuous medical situation, he did not want to press the issue. “But I also understand that he will soon have to report, or his office will have to report, on his situation,” he said.

Durbin, the No. 2 official in the Senate, said he had no “inside information” about the case, only public statements. Both Durbin and Jackson are Illinois Democrats.

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