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Urban League President Cheryle Jackson is officially in the race for a U.S. Senate seat from Illinois in 2010.

Her only rival in the Democratic primary at the moment is state treasurer Alexi Gianoulias.

In Chicago’s African-American community, Cheryle Jackson is often lavished with praise for rejuvenating the Urban League organization. In only three years, Jackson, 44, shifted the institution’s focus from civil rights and social service to economic development. How that success translates into a statewide political campaign will be the story.

“I’m not a politician. That’s what my opponent is, a politician. I’m not that. I’m a problem solver,” said Cheryle Jackson, (D) U.S. Senate candidate.

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