Report: Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. returning to Mayo Clinic

In this March 20, 2012 file photo, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., thanks supporters at his primary election night party in Chicago. Jackson has been on medical leave for exhaustion for several weeks and Monday, July 9, 2012, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said Jackson has a responsibility to tell the public about his medical condition and his whereabouts. Jackson's staff didn't disclose the fact about the leave right away and then reported July 5 that he was in an inpatient facility battling physical and emotional problems worse than initially thought.
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Several days after admitting in his first interview since taking congressional leave that he is "not well," Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., on Friday was reportedly en route to return to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where he spent four weeks during the summer being treated for bipolar depression.

A source told the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday: "Jesse wanted you to know he is finding it difficult to continue his treatment because the press is staking out his home and making access to his doctor, who is within a short walking distance from his home, incredibly hard."

Jackson, Jr. had been staying at his home in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C., but had remained on leave from Congress, which he took in June.

Earlier last week, the Sun-Times reported that an FBI investigation in its final stages was probing allegations that Jackson, Jr. misused campaign money to decorate his house, and could result in indictment of the congressman before Nov. 6, when he's up for reelection. His lawyers have raised his illness with federal prosecutors.

The congressman is "trying to stay focused and calm to enhance his treatment and is just following doctor's orders," the source told the Sun-Times.

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