Cheryle Jackson receives endorsement from pro-choice PAC Emily's List for 2010 IL Senate Seat race

Cheryle Robinson Jackson earned the endorsement of a powerful women's political group Thursday, just one day after officially launching her campaign for President Obama's former Senate seat.

EMILY's List, a political force for pro-choice women candidates, announced it is throwing its support behind Jackson's candidacy. The former spokesperson for Gov. Rod Blagojevich who is on leave from her job as president of the Chicago Urban League will benefit from the group's substantial national fundraising network, which raised $43 million for women candidates in the last election cycle.

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest financial resource for women candidates, today announced its endorsement of Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Robinson Jackson for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama.
“Cheryle Robinson Jackson is a dynamic and charismatic leader who is hands down the best candidate to keep President Obama’s former Senate seat in the Democratic column,” said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY’s List. “As the first female president of the Chicago Urban League and after holding high-level positions with Amtrak and National Public Radio, Cheryle is an experienced executive dedicated to fostering economic growth and empowering people across Illinois. She’s earned generous praise and respect for her work in both the public and private sectors. EMILY’s List is proud to endorse Cheryle Robinson Jackson to be the next Senator from the state of Illinois.
“I am honored to have earned the EMILY’s List endorsement,” said Jackson. “EMILY’s List has supported and helped elect so many great women to office. I am thrilled and inspired to be in their company. EMILY’s List members’ support will be critical to help level the financial playing field with my opponents as we move towards the February 2nd Democratic primary. ”
As the first female president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Urban League, one of the city’s most respected social and civil justice organizations, Cheryl Robinson Jackson has been a tireless advocate for economic advancement – helping families secure affordable mortgages, retraining workers for a new economy, and demanding equity in school funding.
EMILY’s List is the nation’s largest financial resource for women candidates. In the 2007-2008 cycle, EMILY’s List raised more than $43 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With more than 100,000 members across the country, EMILY’s List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List has worked to elect 80 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 15 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices.