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Alexi: Don't Cry for Me Argentina



    Alexi: Don't Cry for Me Argentina

    Alexi Giannoulias' last day as state treasurer is Friday, and the youngest treasurer in the nation has decided to re-route his career path.

    Still bruised from his failed bid for the U.S. Senate, Giannoulias is making plans to get out of Chicago for awhile and will soon be heading to Argentina to decompress and write a book.  

    "I want to write about what it's like to run for the U.S. Senate," Giannoulias said earlier this week, joking that his book would be a "tell-mostly," rather than a tell-all.

    There's certainly a lot of ground to cover.  The $25 million campaign was long and nasty at times and brought President Barack Obama back to Chicago in the days before the election to muster more support for the candidate vying for his old seat.   

    During the campaign, Giannoulias also watched as his family's bank was closed and taken over by the FDIC

    "It's really tough because we worked for almost two years on this campaign," he said. 

    Giannoulias said he's also fielded offers to teach a political science class, get involved in the clean energy business, and play a role in the Obama 2012 campaign.

    "I've been offered a lot of jobs.  It's very flattering.  There's a lot of options that I'm exploring," he said.

    The Democrat packed up his things and vacated his office at the Thompson Center on Friday.  His Springfield office was cleared out earlier this week.

    Republican Dan Rutherford will be sworn into office on Monday.