Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is obviously not one of the Democrats running for election in the midterm elections who is distancing himself from President Barack Obama. Many politicians are reportedly keeping their distance from the president due to his current low approval ratings across the country. On Thursday, Durbin is embracing Obama, however, as they will be appearing at two fundraisers designed to increase Durbin’s campaign fund, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Thursday. Durbin is up against Republican challenger Jim Oberweis in the Nov. 4 general election. While Durbin has a huge fundraising advantage, Oberweis is independently wealthy.
Obama, a South Side Chicago native, will be in Chicago on Thursday afternoon for two fundraising events. Besides assisting Durbin, the events will benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. This is the second time in as many months that the president is returning to Chicago to raise money. On April 2, Obama was in the city for two fundraisers which raised money for the Democratic National Committee.
The first of the two fundraising events will be at the home of Michael and Tanya Polsky at 5 p.m. The second event, at 6:30 p.m. is at the home of Fred Eychaner. Both are reportedly staunch Democrat or liberal cause-donors.
Obama is scheduled to spend the night in Chicago. After arriving on Thursday, he is said to have plans of remaining in the city until he heads back to Washington, D.C. on Friday morning. It is not certain whether the president will stay at his South Side home near the Kenwood-Hyde Park neighborhood border or whether he will have accommodations elsewhere.
In spite of the scheduled start times of the events, Obama’s Air Force One is not scheduled to arrive at O’Hare International Airport until 5:50 p.m. Obama will arrive in Chicago after going to New York to discuss the economic benefits of tourism to the United States as well as go to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, according to NBC News. The usual late afternoon traffic inconveniences are expected throughout the area as they occur with every presidential visit.