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Cheryle Jackson Seeking Illinois Senate Seat

Illinois Democrat Cheryle Jackson is joining the race for the Senate seat formerly held by President Obama.

Jackson, the president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, said in a statement Monday that in her current position, “I’ve seen first hand how empowering a job and opportunity is for all of Illinois.”

“I’ve watched people lost in a cycle of hopelessness and underachievement, and I’ve seen what can happen when people have a chance to compete,” she said. “We have a lot of people in pain, a lot of people anxious and worried in this nation and in our state. We need to get back to the values that made Illinois great — change, community, and opportunity. That’s what my candidacy will be about.”

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