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The Jackson home in Washington D.C. Exterior (Kia parked in front of Jackson townhouse).
(photos by Lynn Sweet)

WASHINGTON--The Washington D.C. home of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is for sale, according to several local real estate listings. The asking price for the red brick Victorian row house, just off DuPont Circle, is $2.5 million.

The sale comes as Jackson is recovering from bipolar depression--we're told at this home--that has forced his absence from Congress since mid-June and treatment at the Mayo Clinic and a facility in Arizona.

While the official residence for the Jackson family is on Chicago's South Side, their home here is a family base for their two children, who attend a private school here.

When Jackson will surface remains an open question. He remains on the November ballot and faces only nominal opposition in a heavily Democratic district.

I talked Tuesday to Jackson Washington spokesman Frank Watkins--to check out talk that Jackson may appear at upcoming Congressional Black Caucus annual conference events--and was told that was unlikely.

I dropped by the house on Sunday and had a very, very brief chat with the mother of Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) who said neither the congressman or the alderman were home when I was there. There was an Impala with D.C. plates in the driveway and a car with Illinois plates--and a member of Congress tag--in the garage.

The home is on a gorgeous block. According to the listings, the home was built in 1921, has 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths, is on 5 levels, two kitchns and a roof top with jacuzzi. and 2,936 square feet. The Zillow estimate is different from the asking price: $1,445,800.

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The sale was reported first Wednesday morning by Lauren Victoria Burke's Crew of 42 blog, which was picked up in The Hill.

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Illinois is a swing state

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson -- the only member of the politically powerful Jackson dynasty attending the Democratic National Convention -- offered an unlikely characterization of Illinois Thursday morning.
"Illinois is a swing state," Jackson told the Illinois delegation at a Thursday breakfast. "We lost the Senate race in 2010. Illinois is a swing state too. Don't take Illinois for granted. Too many unregistered voters. Don't take Illinois for granted."

In 2010, Republican Mark Kirk won the seat that once belonged to Barack Obama, beating out Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.

Of course, it was that same seat that was famously the subject of a criminal indictment against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich was convicted of trying to trade Obama's seat for a personal benefit. Among the charges was that Blagojevich believed he would be paid $1.5 million in campaign cash to make an appointment. Of whom? The Rev. Jackson's son -- U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill) An emissary of Jackson's, Raghu Nayak, had approached Blagojevich's brother with a cash offer, which Rob Blagojevich turned down, according to testimony at the former governor's trial. The congressman has said he never directed anyone to make such an offer.
The younger Jackson has been hospitalized for depression and is not attending the convention. Neither is his wife, Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson.

Earlier this week, Rev. Jackson would not say whether his son would for certain continue pursuing office this fall.

In contrast to the Rev. Jackson's remarks, Democrats in Illinois have been saying this week they believe Obama will carry the state and the election will have enough bounce that the party could pick
up congressional seats in five different races. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky earlier this week said the GOP was particularly vulnerable in the 8th Congressional district, where Democrat Tammy Duckworth is battling incumbent Tea Party Republican Joe Walsh.