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Rev. Jackson: Jesse has doctor’s clearance to address public

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It has been months since anyone has heard directly from Jesse Jackson Jr., but now two days after he resigned his congressional seat, it appears he may be about ready to publicly address the situation.

SEE: Rev. Anthony Williams first official candidate to replace Jackson Jr.

This afternoon, the Reverend Jesse Jackson said his son, who is battling bipolar disorder was given clearance by doctors to publicly address the situation surrounding his resignation, but then couldn't go through with it.

"At some point that will happen," Rev. Jackson said. "He tried, just couldn't quite get there, but he will, I'm sure."

But Reverend Jackson did not indicate when he thought that might happen.

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned Wednesday admitting that he is cooperating with a federal investigation. That probe is focusing on allegations Jackson misused campaign funds for personal use.

He has remained virtually out of sight since June and has been getting treatment at various medical facilities for bipolar disorder.

"He wanted to make a choice between service and sickness and I'm glad he's made that choice now because he has to focus on regaining his equilibrium and his strength. This is a devastating illness I might add," Rev. Jackson said.

On Friday, Dolton Pastor and former 2nd Congressional write-in candidate Anthony Williams became the first person to throw his hat in the ring to replace Jackson.

"We cannot afford to have professional politicians holding this congressional seat, but we must have a public servant, someone who cares about the people," Williams said.

Governor Quinn is expected, on Monday, to announce plans for a special election to replace Jackson. Rev. Jackson says the situation has been tough on the family.

"He's leaving prematurely, so it's a pain for us all," Jackson Jr.'s father said. "We have to live with that pain, we hope that in time that his recovery will benefit all of us."

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