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Pols Pass on Scott Lee Cohen

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    NEWSLETTERS

    For the third time this election cycle, Scott Lee Cohen doesn't make the cut for Illinois government.

    A group of Chicago ward committeemen decided not to recommend the former governor candidate to fill State Sen. Rickey Hendon's open Senate seat and instead chose State Representative Annazette Collins

    Scott Lee Cohen Promises Tell-All Book

    [CHI] Scott Lee Cohen Promises Tell-All Book
    Former pawnbroker-turned-politician said he's still in the writing stage, but said the book will be available later this year and that people will be surprised by its contents. (Published Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011)

    "They consider me a rogue," Cohen said.

    The former pawnbroker-turned-politician abandoned a campaign for Illinois' lieutenant governor in 2010 to mount a failed campaign for the state's highest office.

    14 Minutes with Scott Lee Cohen

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    In a sit-down interview with NBC Chicago, Independent gubernatorial candidate Scott Lee Cohen talks about Illinois' finances, being "wet behind the ears" and what differentiates him from Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Bill Brady. (Published Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011)

    Cohen recently took steps to snag Hendon's seat after the Senator abruptly resigned last month, calling Chicago's Municipal Election "a Black political disaster." He made a trip to Springfield to file the necessary paperwork and on Monday, showed up to present his case for the seat.

    "He is not seeking the open Senate seat," Cohen spokeswoman Kathy Posner said Thursday. "The seat is seeking him."

    Scott Lee Cohen: "It Wasn't Meant to Be"

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    Independent gubernatorial candidate Scott Lee Cohen expresses frustration over the two-party system. (Published Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010)

    The Senate isn't Cohen's only iron in the fire. He's also promising a tell-all book. The current title: From Pawnbroker to Politician: The Threats, The Pressure and The Promises.

    "I think people will be very interested in what happened behind the scenes, and it's time," he said.  "I am going to tell-all. I'm going to name names. I'm going to tell of the threats. I'm going to tell of the promises. Everything is going to come out."