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AP - Illinois Public Media News - August 13, 2012

Mayo Clinic: Jackson has Bipolar Disorder

Story by The Associated Press
  Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Doctors say Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is under treatment for bipolar disorder.

A release Monday from the Mayo Clinic states that the Democrat underwent an extensive evaluation and is responding well to treatment for the disorder at the facility in Rochester, Minn. The release says Jackson is regaining his strength.

Jackson spokesman Frank Watkins declined to comment.

The clinic says that Bipolar II disorder is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors.

Jackson has been away from the public eye since June 10 when family members said he collapsed at their Washington home. He's been on an extended leave of absence from Congress.

Categories: Health, Politics

AP - Illinois Public Media News - August 09, 2012

Peoria Catholic Diocese Sues Over Health Care Law

The Peoria Catholic Diocese is filing a federal lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's mandate that employers provide contraceptive services.

According to the suit, the mandate violates core religious and moral convictions. Diocese Attorney Patricia Gibson said in a statement the suit is "not about whether people have access to services, but rather about the freedom to practice religion without government interference."

Categories: Government, Health, Politics

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