WASHINGTON---Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, mulling a 2012 White House run, hits Chicago on Saturday for a fundraiser to benefit the Illinois Republican Party, celebrating Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday.
Others in the speaking line-up: Former Senator Rick Santorum, former Ambassador John Bolton and Rep. Mike Pence, who recently took himself out of the running for the 2012 GOP nomination.
below, from Illinois Republican Party......
In Celebration of President Ronald Reagan's 100th Birthday:
Illinois GOP Hosts Fundraiser with 2012 Presidential Candidates
CHICAGO - The Illinois Republican Party, in celebration of President Ronald Reagan's centennial birthday, has invited each of the announced 2012 Presidential Contenders to a fundraising event on February 5th in Chicago. Elected officials including newly elected U.S. Senator Mark Kirk will serve as hosts at the dinner, which will continue the fundraising push the Illinois Republican Party started earlier this month.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady, "We had a fantastic year in 2010 with Mark Kirk winning a seat in the United States Senate, winning five tough Congressional battles and sending two GOP Statewide office holders to Springfield. We are thrilled to have Presidential Contenders coming here to Chicago, and I am confident one of them will replace President Obama in 2012."
As of today, confirmed Presidential contenders attending the event include:
Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator Rick Santorum, Ambassador John Bolton and Congressman Mike Pence
Other invited Presidential Contenders yet to confirm their attendance:
Congresswoman Michelle Bachman, Governor Haley Barbour, Business leader Herman Cain, Governor Mitch Daniels, Governor Mike Huckabee, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Governor Sarah Palin, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Governor Mitt Romney, and Senator John Thune
Illinois Republican elected officials and leaders attending the event will include:
Senator Mark Kirk, Congresswoman Judy Biggert, Congressman Robert Dold, Congressman Don Manzullo, Congressman Bobby Schilling, Congressman Joe Walsh, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Treasurer Dan Rutherford, House GOP Leader Tom Cross, State Party Chairman Pat Brady, and Illinois Republican County Chairman's Association President Randy Pollard
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Hilton Hotel Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue
6:00 PM Reception | 7:00 PM Dinner