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IL-SEN Mon Aug 10 2009

Cheryle Jackson Will Enter Senate Race: Hinz

Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business is reporting that Urban League president Cheryle Jackson will declare her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President Obama's old US Senate seat.

The surprising part of the announcement is that she's recruited to highly-placed (and highly priced) Democratic consultants to her campaign: David Wilhelm, he made his name in the Clinton campaigns, and Belinda Lake, from the preeminent Democratic polling firm Lake Snell Perry.

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Kevin F Smith / August 10, 2009 2:58 PM

As a Democrat who is sick and tired of the corruption in Illinois, I'm glad and relieved that Cheryl will be running. It's about time we've seen a decent attempt to get rid of the corruption in this notorious state.

Katherine Sacks / August 10, 2009 3:08 PM

I'm so glad to finally see a fresh face entering the race. I hope Ms. Jackson wins the nomination and the seat because I really don't want more of the mob ties and big business interests the other candidates represent.

Bertha M. Lee / August 10, 2009 3:27 PM

As a life-long democrat I am, quite frankly, revolted by corruption within Illinois politics. This said, I whole-heartedly endorse Cheryl Jackson in her bid for 2010 Legislature, noting her success as president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League as well as her substantial credentials. Alexi Giannoulias, on the other hand, is essentially a slime-ball who has relied on mob ties to advance his political career. As such, he is absolutely unfit to hold Obama's former Senate seat.

Dora Arnold / August 11, 2009 1:44 PM

As a downstater (Watskea), I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support someone of Ms. Jackson's caliber to represent me in Washington! We need an outsider who has real world experience. I will certaily support her in the primary!

Darryl / August 13, 2009 4:39 AM

As just an average African American member of the middle class, I am tired of the Boule class of the blacks bourgeois that look down upon those of us in the masses. Ms. Jackson is in that group of Desiree Rogers, Valerie Jarrett, John Rogers, Michelle Obama that could give a rat's behind about the common African-American masses.

Furthermore, Ms. Jackson is not "fresh face". She has some 'splaining to do about her ties to the former corrupt governor Blago.

As Joe Biden said on the stump, "thats not change, its more of the same".

Levois / August 13, 2009 3:53 PM

Heh, Roland Burris for some reason is waffling on his decision to withdraw from this race. I can get behind Cheryl Jackson, especially if she can prove herself as a credible and winnable black Senate candidate.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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