Rev. Jesse Jackson: No timetable on son's recovery

Associated Press
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2011 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., is seen during the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. The Mayo Clinic says Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated for depression at its hospital in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his congressman son's treatment at the Mayo Clinic for depression is a "game changer."

The elder Jackson spoke to reporters about U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. on Saturday outside a Chicago movie theater. The civil rights leader was with protesters supporting an assault weapons ban. Jackson said there is no timetable on his son's recovery and asked for prayers for their family.

The younger Jackson has been on a secretive leave of absence for nearly seven weeks. The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota said Friday the congressman was being treated there for depression and gastrointestinal issues.

Jackson is facing an ethics investigation in the U.S. House connected to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted on corruption charges. Jackson has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.