Tuesday, December 09, 2008

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky should get the Illinois Senate seat

Here at Iowa Political Alert we aren't above giving our neighbors unsolicited advice.

One candidate well-suited to fill the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois vacated by Barack Obama is U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky -- who has a remarkable background as a community organizer and citizens rights activist.

As the political writer for the Daily Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., I covered her first run for the statehouse back in 1990. She's been in Congress, representing Illinois' Ninth Congressional District since 1998.

She has long been a consumer advocate, and in 1969 led the fight that put freshness dates on products sold in the supermarket.

Other qualified candidates are mentioned but she has the resume to be in the mix.

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