First Lady Michelle Obama visited Chicago Tuesday to campaign and fundraise for Democrats, including Gov. Pat Quinn. The First Lady arrived to the city after appearing at a fundraiser in Madison, Wisconsin for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, who is challenging incumbent Scott Walker. Obama headlined a rally for Quinn at the University of Illinois at Chicago pavilion. The First Lady took aim at Quinn's GOP opponent Bruce Rauner, questioning his motives for running as he pours millions of dollars into his campaign fund. Rauner has donated $14 million of his own money thus far.
“I have seen people who spend a lot of money and make a lot of promises but at the end of the day, we have got to ask ourselves 'what do these folks really stand for?'” Obama said.
Obama, who has been featured in TV and radio ads for the sitting governor, lauded Quinn's push for an increased minimum wage and efforts to strengthen and expand early childhood education.
“I know Pat Quinn, and I have seen how he is out there every day making the tough decisions to lift up our families and to move this state forward,” said the First Lady.
Obama also appeared at a $10,000-a-person fundraiser for Quinn in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. Thirty people were expected to attend that event, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Quinn also saw help from actor Martin Sheen over the weekend, who made an appearance with the sitting governor and sent a letter to Quinn supporters, urging them to support the governor's campaign.
"I know what it means to work hard and still barely make ends meet. My parents came to this country in pursuit of a better life, and they managed to raise 10 healthy, happy children on next to nothing," Sheens email, sent Sunday, reads. "If that's not what the American Dream is all about, then I don't know what is. But today that dream is at risk for millions, in part because of a minimum wage that hasn’t kept up with the times and no longer provides a stable base for a good life. I'm back in Illinois today to join my friend, Governor Quinn, in his fight to raise the minimum wage."
President Barack Obama is scheduled to return to Chicago again this month on October 19 for a Democratic fundraiser. Obama was in town last week campaigning for Gov. Pat Quinn, and he also gave a speech on economic at Northwestern University. Obama helped Quinn reel in $1.25 million at a $50,000-a-person Gold Coast fundraiser.