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04/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cheryle Jackson 'Focusing On The Next Step' After Primary

Following a long and often heated campaign for the Illinois Senate seat formerly held by President Obama, Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson is weighing her options and planning her next move--but debunked reports that she is done with the Urban League for good.

"I have not made any decisions," Jackson told the Huffington Post Thursday morning. "I'm on unpaid leave [with the Chicago Urban League] and will be making a final decision soon."

On Thursday morning, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reported that Jackson "might not get her job back" as Urban League President, citing an unnamed source who said Herman Brewer, who has been acting president and CEO in her absence, no longer "has 'acting' in front of his title."

Jackson said rumors of her not being welcome back to the job are "not true."

"I'm wrapping up campaign matters and focusing on the next step," Jackson said Thursday.

Jackson came in third in the Democratic primary race for the Senate seat with 20 percent of the vote. Alexi Giannoulias won the nomination with 39 percent and David Hoffman trailed Giannoulias with 34 percent of the vote.