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State Rep. Al Riley, Alderman Holmes snatch up committeemen posts of Jesse and Sandi Jackson

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alriley.jpegWhile Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson Jr. resigned respectively from Congress and the City Council before pleading guilty to federal charges, there were still some loose ends to tie up.

Now the two have been replaced in their political duties as committeemen.

Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios said the spots -- Jackson Jr.'s role as Democratic State Central Committeeman and Sandi Jackson's spot as 7th Ward Committeeman are filled.

State Rep. Al Riley (D-Olympia Fields) is the new Democratic State Central committeeman from the 2nd congressional district. Ald. Natashia Holmes, who replaced Sandi Jackson on the City Council, also replaces her as 7th ward committeeman.

"I was appointed to serve his unexpired term," Riley said. The term runs concurrently with the congressman's, so it will be up in 2014, he said. "They are charged ... with promoting the tenets, in my case, in the Democratic party throughout the state, and involving themselves where appropriate in slate-making and policy making for the state of Illinois."

The Democratic State Central Committee consists of two people from every congressional district, one male, one female, Riley said. (The other in the 2nd district is Ald. Carrie Austin).

"It's a very important position with off-year elections coming up in 2014," Riley said. Not to mention with the presidential election coming up, committeemen often serve as delegates for the national convention, he added. "They provide endorsements where they decide to do it with the state races. When those people run, you typically will hear what the Democratic State Committee is thinking about or what they're doing."

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