OK, so we have a recently former Governor making the rounds at all the talk shows, still.

President Obama will come back to his home State "The Land of Lincoln" and spend some time in Springfield, the home of Lincoln, for, none other than Lincoln's Birthday. That's a very good reason to come back home for a visit!
Will Obama's next visit be to throw out the first pitch at the home opening game of the Chicago White Sox?

Former running opponent in a tight Democratic primary of the recently former Governor Blagojevich, wants to return to Illinois, this time as a Republican, to take on Todd Stroger. This change of party move did not work well for now indicted Eddie Vrdolyak, who went from thorn in the side, Alderman under Mayor Washington to his Republican opponent, and lost terribly in the Mayor's race.

Tony Peraica got closer than any Republican in the last Cook County Presidential election, but Peraica is constantly in the media taking on Cook County. If a Democrat, say Claypool, wins the primaries against Todd Stroger, will Vallas still run? Or will Vallas jump into the almost wide open Governor's race as a Republican? Or will Pat Quinn prove to us he should be Governor and be in a good incumbant position?

Tom Dart may have a good idea to combine all the Cook County Police under one department, this could save a lot of money by combining resources.

What is Jesse Jackson Jr. thinking? Is he thinking on running for a higher office or ending his career? He is supposidly candidate 5 on the Blagojevich charges, then taking on Mel Reynolds?

Vallas May Run For Cook County Board President
Former CPS Chief Says He'll Run As as a Republican Former Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Paul Vallas.
CBS Paul Vallas, the superintendent of the state-run school district in New Orleans, is exploring a run for the Cook County Board in 2010 in his native Illinois.

Vallas says he plans to stay with the Recovery School District through the next school year but is looking to recruit the next team of leaders to take over.

He says he hopes to have the team in place for the upcoming school year and to take a more diminished role himself -- and begin transitioning out -- by January.

Vallas as a Republican?The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday that Vallas said he'll return home at the end of the year to run for Cook County Board president.
The Sun-Tmes reported that Vallas said he will run as a Republican, a party that has not controlled the board since Richard Ogilvie in 1960. The current president is Todd Stroger, son of the long-time president of the board John Stroger, who suffered a stroke while in office and was replaced on the 2006 ballot with his son. John Stroger died in January 2008.
Vallas lost the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial primary to Rod Blagojevich by about 25,000 votes. He then moved on to Philadelphia to head that city's public schools.

You can't make up stuff better than this!
Jesse Jackson's Newest Staff Member

Mel Reynolds
Jesse Jackson has added former Chicago Democrat Congressman Mel Reynolds to Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's payroll. Reynolds was among the 176 criminals excused in President Clinton's last-minute forgiveness spree. Reynolds received a commutation of his six-and-a-half-year federal sentence for 15 convictions of wire fraud, bank fraud, and lies to the Federal Election Commission. He is more notorious, however, for concurrently serving five years for sleeping with an underage campaign volunteer.
This is a first in American politics: An ex-congressman who had sex with a subordinate...won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate...then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate!
His new job?
Ready for this??
Look it up on Snopes: http://www

Jesse Jackson Has Hired an Ex-Con Sex Offender For His Staff...And Appointed Him a Youth Counselor-Truth! & Fiction!

Summary of eRumor
The eRumor says that the Rev. Jesse Jackson has added former Chicago Democratic Congressman Mel Reynolds to the staff of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. According to the eRumor, Reynolds was serving a federal sentence in prison for convictions of wire fraud, bank fraud, and lies to the Federal Election Commission. He was also serving five years for sleeping with an underage campaign volunteer. Then, Reynolds was among those given pardons by outgoing President Bill Clinton. According to the eRumor, it's the first time that an ex-congressman who had sex with a subordinate won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate, then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate. The eRumor adds that Reynolds has been hired as a youth counselor.

The Truth
The text for this eRumor is taken from an article written by Deroy Murdock, a columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service. It was published on February 9, 2001. The facts about Reynolds, his convictions, and his pardon are accurate. According to the article, it is also true that Jesse Jackson added Reynolds to the Rainbow/PUSH coalition payroll.

He was not hired as a youth counselor, however, but as a consultant on prison reform.


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