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Obama to Visit Old Stomping Ground Today

May 29, 2013

President Barack Obama is scheduled to return to Chicago on Wednesday afternoon for a pair of Democratic fundraisers.

The president is raising money for congressional Democrats as his party tries to retake the House in next year's mid-term elections. Obama will be accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to an invitation obtained by the Tribune.

The first event is a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago. The second is a dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chicago home of longtime Obama supporters Bettylu and Paul Saltzman.

The contribution levels, according to the invitation, are: $1,000 for a reception ticket; $5,000 for two reception tickets and a photo; $10,000 for a dinner ticket and photo; $32,400 for two dinner tickets, a photo and preferred seating; and $50,000 for a table at the dinner, photo and preferred seating. The invitation notes that the timing dictates that donors choose one event or the other.

The House now has 233 Republicans, 201 Democrats and one vacancy.

First Lady Michelle Obama won't be joining the president back home. She is scheduled to be in New York for Democratic National Committee fundraisers, including a gala for the lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities that features Jason Collins, the first openly gay active NBA player.

The president intends to stay the night in Chicago and return to Washington on Thursday.

Source: (c)2013 the Chicago Tribune. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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