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Welcome Back Barry

By Kevin Robinson in News on Jan 9, 2008 8:42PM

Even though Barack Obama came in second last night in New Hampshire, he's still number one in Chicago. In fact, the City by the Lake loves Obama so much that we're throwing him a $1000-a-plate fundraiser "Welcome Home" dinner this Thursday. Peoples Gas Co. President Desiree Rogers will be hosting Obama in her Gold Coast home on January 10. Also listed on the invitation are some of Obama's more monied backers, including developer Neil Bluhm, Commonwealth Edison President Frank Clark, Hyatt Hotels heiress Penny Pritzker, Ariel Capital Management founder John Rogers Jr., and Democratic money man Lou Sussman. One-time rival for US Senate and #1 Obama Superfan Dan Hynes is also listed on the invite.


While the Obama campaign is hardly short on funds, his campaign has no doubt burned through tremendous amounts of cash in the last few weeks trying to secure the Democratic nomination. A quick fund-raising trip to Chicago now can't hurt, and will give many who haven't had the chance to kiss his pinkie ring a chance to show their support.