Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) told reporters yesterday that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Chicago) will stay on the ballot in his bid for re-election in the 2nd Illinois congressional district. However, there is no guarantee that Jackson will appear publicly prior to the election on November 6.
Jackson has been on a medical leave of absence since June. He checked out of the Mayo clinic and returned to Washington on September 10 after receiving treatment for bipolar disorder. However, the veteran lawmaker has neither returned to Congress nor the campaign trail.
Despite his absence, Jackson is expected to easily win re-election.