GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker is scheduled to make a few campaign stops in Illinois Monday for the first time since he announced his candidacy earlier this month.
The Wisconsin governor will attend a fundraiser at the Union League Club in Chicago followed by a stop at the Billy Goat Tavern on lower Michigan Avenue beginning at 4:45 p.m. A spokesperson for the governor said he will shake hands and talk to people at the event.
The organizer of the fundraiser is Mike Morgan, who took the role of campaign chairman for Sen. Mark Kirk in 2010, according to Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Before Walker hits Chicago, he will make a stop in Bloomington for a "meet and greet" event with GOP congressional candidate Darin LaHood, who is set to replace former Rep. Aaron Schock.
The Bloomington event kicks off at 1:15 p.m. at Chuck's Harley-Davidson, Inc., located at 2027 Ireland Grove Road. Guests must RSVP to the event and bring their registration ticket and and an ID to be admitted.
Walker tweeted Monday morning that he is "glad to be in the Land of Lincoln" and that winning the March 15 primary will be important for his campaign.
The governor has spent the weeks since he announced his candidacy traveling the country to meet voters and speak at campaign events, including stops in Iowa and Missouri.
Walker was scheduled to attend events in North Carolina over the weekend, but a campaign spokesperson told The Associated Press he canceled the events to attend the funeral for Wisconsin Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist, who was killed in the recent attack on a Navy-Reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn.