U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, are scheduled to be in the Chicago area this weekend on fundraising missions.
Pelosi, the former House speaker from California, is headlining a Saturday fundraising luncheon downtown at Harry Caray’s restaurant on behalf of six Illinois Democratic congressional candidates.
The fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is billed as a special luncheon with Pelosi and “the Italian American Community” and has prices ranging from $500 per person to $10,000 per couple. Among the hosts are Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and Ald. Robert Fioretti, 2nd.
The event also will feature Democratic candidates Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates in the 8th District, Brad Schneider of Deerfield in the 10th District, Bill Foster of Naperville in the 11th District, Bill Enyart of Belleville in the 12th District, David Gill of Bloomington in the 13th District and Cheri Bustos of East Moline in the 17th District.
Duckworth, Schneider and Bustos face freshmen Republican Reps. Joe Walsh, Robert Dold and Bobby Schilling, respectively. Foster, a former congressman, faces GOP Rep. Judy Biggert, while Enyart and Gill are running against Republicans Jason Plummer and Rodney Davis in open seats dowwnstate.
On Sunday, Ryan, the 13-year congressman from Janesville who was selected by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney as his running mate, will hold a brunch reception and fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont. Among the hosts for the event are hedge-fund managers Anne and Kenneth Griffin and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, a Peoria Republican.
Tickets for the event range from $2,500 per person to $75,800 per person with the funds earmarked for the Romney Victory committee, which includes the presidential campaign, the Republican National Committee and several state GOP committees.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun