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Sciackitano backs businessman for lieutenant governor

Sciackitano backs businessman for lieutenant governor

Former Lansing village president candidate stomps for Cohen

CHICAGO | Unsuccessful Lansing village president candidate Donald Sciackitano is considering another run for that post in 2013, but for now he's focusing his political attention on the campaign for Illinois lieutenant governor.

Specifically, Sciackitano is supporting the bid of Scott Lee Cohen, owner of an environmentally friendly cleaning supplies company along with assorted rental properties and pawn shops in the Chicago area.

Cohen is one of at least seven people seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for lieutenant governor in the Feb. 2, 2010, primary election.

Sciackitano on Monday was at a Labor Day rally at the Pullman state historic site, 111th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, trying to drum up political support for Cohen.

For Sciackitano, his choice is simple - Cohen helped him organize some events during his campaign for Lansing village president, so Sciackitano is returning the political favor.

But he also said he likes the idea that Cohen has a business background, rather than a resume filled with assorted elective offices like many of the other candidates considering a bid for lieutenant governor.

"I'd like it if Scott could win. He would make a good public official," Sciackitano said. "He has my support because he supported me when I needed it."

Cohen was one of two of the seven Democratic candidates with a presence at Monday's Labor Day rally at the one-time Pullman Palace Car Co. plant.

Candidate Thomas Castillo, a 32-year-old from Elmhurst with no prior government experience who is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers labor union, also was present.

Others considering a run for lieutenant governor as Democrats are investment banker Justin Oberman, state Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan, state Reps. Art Turner and Kevin Joyce, both D-Chicago, and Mike Boland, D-East Moline.

As far as his own political aspirations, Sciackitano said he plans to remain in the background to let Village President Norm Abbott govern, but added, "I would have brought a lot of energy to the Village Board that I don't see there now."

Regarding the next village president election in 2013, Sciackitano said he's leaning toward trying again. "I'll only be 48, unless my wife kills me for even thinking about running again."


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