Scott Lee Cohen Makes Good on Campaign Promise

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    Monique Cooper speaks with recruiters at a Scott Lee Cohen job fair on Saturday.

    As candidate for governor, Scott Lee Cohen promised to hold job fairs to help bring down the state's unemployment rate.

    He made good on that promise Saturday.

    "I made a promise to the people of Illinois, whether they elected me or not," he said at Seward Park on the city's near north side where hundreds of people gathered to meet with recruiters and drop of resumes.

    There were small boutiques and large firms like Wal-mart among the recruiters.

    "We are opening plenty of more locations in Chicago, which is important to create jobs for the city," said company spokesman Al Badwin.

    While the jobless rate tipped lower last month, it's still high, at 8.8 percent, compared to roughly five percent prior to the recession.

    Many people also took advantage of college counselors who provided guidance on upgrading their job skills.