Cheryle Jackson opens an exploratory committee for Illinois Senate bid

Cheryle Jackson, the president of the Chicago Urban League, is moving closer to a run for the U.S. Senate, opening an exploratory committee this week.

Jackson told me she will decide in the coming months if she will officially get in the Illinois Democratic Senate primary and that she is pulling together a fund-raising and campaign team. Jackson told me Thursday her decision will not hinge on whether or not Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan gets in the contest.

"It is not about who else is in the race," Jackson said. Her main issues will pivot around economic development, she said.

One matter Jackson may have to grapple with is her previous job as spokesman for ousted Gov. Blagojevich, now facing federal criminal corruption charges. She worked for him between January, 2003 and August, 2006, when she resigned.