Gutierrez: Rep. Jackson must give medical update

File photo of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., File photo of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., thanking supporters at his election night party in Chicago after his Democratic primary in the Illinois' 2nd District. A statement from Jackson's office Thursday, July 5, 2012, said that Jackson's medical condition is more serious than initially believed and he's undergoing evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility. The congressman's office announced last week that he had been on medical leave for two weeks and was being treated for exhaustion. (March 20, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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CHICAGO - Congressman Luis Gutierrez is the latest Illinois politician to call on Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to provide more information about a medical condition that's had him on leave for a month.

Gutierrez said Tuesday that Jackson has a responsibility to give details.

Jackson's location and exact medical condition are unknown. At first, staff said the Chicago Democrat was being treated for exhaustion. But last week a spokesman said Jackson's condition was more serious and required inpatient treatment. They also disclosed that Jackson has suffered from emotional problems.

A Jackson spokesman didn't return messages seeking comment.

On Monday, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Jackson should give an update "soon."

Jackson's father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, has called it a private matter and said details will emerge when the time is right.

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