WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama hits Chicago on Wednesday afternoon to headline two fund-raisers for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the Chicago Hilton and a dinner at the Near North side home of Bettylu and Paul Saltzman. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) landed in Chicago on Tuesday for two days of fund-raising to benefit House Democrats.
Joining Obama and Pelosi are DCCC chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), House Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who, when he was a House member and DCCC chair helped recruit and elect enough Democrats to the House in 2006 to make Pelosi the first female Speaker.
Many members of the Illinois Democrat House delegation are expected, including Reps. Bobby Rush, Bill Foster, Jan Schakowsky, Cheri Bustos and Robin Kelly. The money raised in Illinois will be used for Illinois House races, Pelosi told me in a Monday interview.
The ticket price for the 5 p.m. Hilton event runs from $1,000 to $2,500. The 7 p.m. Saltzman dinner --with about 70 expected--including Schakowsky, former Obama chief of staff Bill Daley and former Obama strategist David Axelrod runs from $10,000 per person to $32,400 per couple.
On Thursday, Kelly, the newest member of the Illinois delegation, hosts Hoyer, the number two Democrat in the House, at a tour of Bimba Manufacturing in University Park and the Chicago Ford Assembly plant, part of a drive to promote the Democrats' "Make it in America" initiative.
Though the Wednesday events are aimed at major donors, the DCCC had a robust April on-line fund-raising drive,
hauling in $1.4 million online with an average donation of $22.
Obama will be overnighting in Chicago
Below, his Chicago schedule:
3:55PM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House
4:10PM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews
5:00PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Chicago
O'Hare International Airport
6:30PM THE PRESIDENT attends a DCCC event
Pool Coverage of the President's remarks
7:45PM THE PRESIDENT attends a DCCC event
Print Pool Only Coverage of the President's remarks