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Arne Duncan, John Legend headline Obama Chicago March 20 fund-raiser

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WASHINGTON--Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Grammy winner John Legend headline a March 20 major donor Obama re-election fund-raiser in Chicago.

The fund-raiser--on Illinois primary day-- features what is billed as a "private perfomance" by Legend with a discussion afterwards led by former Obama White House domestic policy chief Melody Barnes.

The admission is a $5,000 per person contribution with the host tab $25,000, either raised or donated.

The event is at the Near North Side home of Michael Sacks and his wife, Cari. He is CEO of Grosvenor Capital Management L.P.; Vice-Chairman of World Business Chicago and a member of the board of the company that owns the Chicago Sun-Times.

Other co-hosts are:

• Eric Lefkofsky and his wife, Liz. He is the co-founder and executive chairman of Groupon and a World Business Chicago board member.

• John Rogers, Ariel Investments Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer; a close friend of Obama and First Lady Michelle and a major fund-raiser for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

• Penny Sebring and Chuck Lewis. Lewis is Chairman of the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation and retired Merrill Lynch & Co. vice chairman. Sebring is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Chicago and Founding Co-Director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research.

• Liz Thompson.

Obama fund-raisers are working Chicago area big donors: On March 16, President Barack Obama returns home for fund-raising: a lunch at the Palmer House Hilton has a sliding scale:

$2,500.00 Lunch Guest, $10,000.00 Preferred Seating, Campaign Discussion and Preferred Seating, $25,000.00 Host, Table Captain, $35,800.00 Luncheon Chair.

The proceeds from both events go to the Obama Victory Fund 2012, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee.

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