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The least public of Chicago’s famed Jackson family and the mother of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) spoke openly regarding her son’s treatment for a mood disorder while speaking at the Rainbow PUSH coalition conference in Chicago.


Jackie Jackson told reporters that her son had experienced severe disappointment — some of it politically related — and that “young people don’t rebound from disappointment like me and my husband.”


“He thought he was going to be the senator – thought he was going to have a chance to run for mayor,” Jackson continued.


The remarks were Jackie Jackson’s first since the congressman took a leave of absence due, initially, to “exhaustion.” She did not offer any additional details about his condition.

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