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  Hot Senate Race: The Basketball Buddy, the Reformer, and the Scarlet Letter
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Last EditedCraverguy  Sep 04, 2009 03:46pm
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AuthorDon Rose
News DateMonday, August 31, 2009 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe race for President Obama’s former senate seat suddenly got interesting.

Chris, the low-profile Kennedy, decided not to enter the Democratic primary. That made it look like a cinch for State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, whose only serious opposition would then be Cheryle Jackson, head of the Chicago Urban League, who—as former spokesperson for former governor Rod Blagojevich—wears the Scarlet B on her forehead.

All of a sudden, in jumps David Hoffman, Chicago’s inspector general, who spent the past four years shining lights on rats’ nests of corruption in city government—much to the chagrin of Richard M. Daley, who appointed him to the job but did not expect him to actually do it.

Hoffman, a former federal prosecutor, had the further audacity to condemn Daley’s privatization of city parking meters, which causes endless headaches for drivers, the private company and the mayor himself. It’s one of the rare scandals to hit Daley hard and personally. Hoffman twisted the knife by pointing out that the mayor did not get the best possible price.

In one of those strange years when political reform will dominate Illinois electoral issues, Hoffman must be considered a powerful contender.
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