Obama to Campaign for Democrats in Chicago Sunday

The former president is slated to headline two rallies in the area that day: one in Chicago and another in Gary, Indiana

Former President Barack Obama is headed back to his hometown Sunday to help rally voters for Democratic candidates.

Obama was scheduled to headline a "Get Out the Vote" rally at the UIC Pavilion Sunday afternoon, gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker's campaign announced Wednesday.

The rally will be in support of Pritzker and running mate Juliana Stratton, as well as Illinois attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul and Congressional challengers Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten, running in Illinois' 14th and 6th District, respectively.

Sunday's rally, scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., will be Obama's second stop in the area that day. He plans to rally Indiana voters earlier that day, stumping in Gary for Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, the state party announced. 

Obama's trip to Indiana will be sandwiched between political rallies President Donald Trump has planned for Hoosiers on Friday in Indianapolis and Monday in Fort Wayne.

Trump also visited Illinois on Oct. 27, campaigning in downstate Murphysboro for GOP Rep. Mike Bost's re-election effort. Reps. Rodney Davis and Randy Hultgren spoke briefly at the rally, and while Gov. Bruce Rauner attended the rally, he did not interact with Trump nor was he mentioned at the event.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was also making a campaign swing through Illinois Wednesday, holding rallies in St. Charles and East St. Louis in support of Democratic candidates across the state.

Adding to the list of high-profile appearances, Vice President Mike Pence stopped in Springfield for a fundraising event with Davis earlier in the month.

The influx of big names hitting the campaign trail in Illinois comes as Democrats target four Congressional districts in the state as the party attempts to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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