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Obama Stumps for Gov. Quinn in Chicago

Quinn is in a tight contest with Republican businessman Bruce Rauner

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    10/1/2014: President Barack Obama attempts to give Gov. Pat Quinn a boost with events in Chicago. Meanwhile, Republican candidate Bruce Rauner is speaking out about state income taxes. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014)

    Gov. Pat Quinn got some help from President Barack Obama as the Democratic governor seeks his second full term.

    Obama attended a fundraiser for Quinn Thursday morning before pushing his economic message during an afternoon speech at Northwestern University in Evanston.

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    Quinn is in a tight contest with Republican businessman Bruce Rauner, and the $50,000-per-person ticket to the private event at the home of philanthropist  Meredith Bluhm-Wolf fully benefits the incumbent's campaign. The Quinn campaign said 25 people will attend.

    Bluhm-Wolf is daughter of Neil Bluhm, a billionaire investor and benefactor of Northwestern University. The event at her home is closed to the press.

    First lady Michelle Obama also is scheduled to be in Chicago on Tuesday to assist Quinn's campaign.

    Some Democrats have distanced themselves from Obama on the campaign trail this year. But Quinn told reporters Wednesday the president and first lady, who are from Chicago, "do us proud.''

    "They stand for progress. They stand for doing the right thing. I'm with the president all the way," he said.

    The president on Wednesday evening mingled with diners at a Chicago steakhouse shortly after landing at the Gary/Chicago International Airport.