Illinois Races: Cheryle Jackson for U.S. Senate

Former Blago spokeswoman facing tough competition from Giannoulias

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Chicago Urban League president and former Blago aide Cheryle Jackson is looking for a clean start and a national office. She wants to leave behind her days as a spokeswoman for the embattled governor.

To gain her own political independence, Jackson seeks the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Barack Obama and is currently held by Roland Burris would represent her clean start.

But the competition is tough. Her main opponents are State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman.

Jackson embarked on a statewide train-traveling campaign in mid-October, after leaving her position as director of the Chicago Urban League.

The main issues on her agenda are a reform of the healthcare system (which might already be in place by the time the elections come around), improving the education system and fighting for women’s rights.

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