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Obama Has Breakfast With Gov. Quinn

Air Force One departed O'Hare International Airport at 10:30 a.m.

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    NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern previews the President's Chicago visit. (Published Thursday, May 22, 2014)

    In a political show of support, President Barack Obama on Friday morning hit one of his familiar Chicago restaurants with Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Obama spent a rare night at his Kenwood home and had breakfast Thursday with Quinn at nearby Valois Cafeteria where a menu lists Obama's favorite items, including "N.Y. steak and eggs" and an "all-vegi" egg white omelette.

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    The president appeared to stray a bit from those posted items, instead ordering two eggs over medium with bacon and hash browns. He then greeted the about two dozen diners, exchanged handshakes and signed autographs after paying for the meal with two twenty dollar bills.

    "I don't take free food," he said.

    Quinn is seeking re-election and faces a tough challenger from Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

    The president arrived in Chicago on Thursday evening to attend a pair of fundraisers for Senate Democrats. It was important for Quinn that he be seen with Obama because one of the fundraisers was at a home of a donor who has supported Republican and Democratic candidates but is supporting Rauner in the November election.

    Quinn has spent the week in Springfield as lawmakers are trying to piece a budget together. Illinois' income tax increase rolls back in January, leaving a massive budget hole.

    The president arrived in Chicago on Thursday evening to attend a pair of fundraisers for Senate Democrats. He was back on Air Force One and headed back to Washington, D.C. at 10:30 a.m. Friday.


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