President Barack Obama won't endorse a candidate until after the Feb. 2 primary, so the meetings are being billed is strategic sessions mostly concerned with keeping the seat currently held by Sen. Roland Burris out of Republican hands.
Burris announced over the summer that he would not run for a full term.
"There’s a strong feeling that, as you know, David Axelrod and the Democrats in Illinois want to keep this seat," Hoffman campaign manager Michael Powell told Roll Call.
Hoffman is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. His campaign is being advised by the political consulting firm previously run by Axelrod.