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Valerie Jarrett Talks Chicago



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    White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett knows a thing or two about Chicago.


    White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett plans to use Chicago as a model for making other big cities sustainable.
    Jarrett has been named the head of the newly created White House Office of Urban Affairs, which is charged with developing the metropolises of the future.
    “This is a city where the private sector has always pitched in,” Jarrett told NBCChicago this morning. “Tax payers have always been a jumping off point for revenue.”
    “This city always has some innovative ideas.” 
    While Jarrett was here she offered her first reflections on Chicago losing the Olympics -- the fight for the public option and health care -- and some GOP critics who say Chicago style politics is ruling the White House.
    Jarrett says she and all of those aboard Air Force One, flying back from Copenhagen on October 2nd watched as Chicago was booted in the first round in the 2016 Olympic contest.  
    "I was completely stunned," Jarrett said. 
    When it comes to health care Jarrett admits there are a lot of balls in the air -- with the economy, two wars and the health care debate.