As the March 15 Illinois primary nears, most of the Republican presidential candidates are set to hit the state some time this week to stump for voters' support.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is set to hold two town halls in Illinois Wednesday. The first town hall will take place in Lisle at the Navistar Atrium, 2701 Navistar Drive. Doors are set to open at 9:30 a.m. In the afternoon, Kasich's town hall will take place at the Palatine Park District Community Center, 250 E. Wood St. The free event is open to the public and begins at 1:30 p.m.
Kasich is also expected to win the endorsement of the Cook County Republican Party when they take their vote on Wednesday night.
"The Cook County Republican Party is going to endorse Kasich," Cook County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Del Mar told Politico. "I've already got 43 percent committed to John Kasich. There's not enough votes for anyone else to beat him in Cook County."
Meanwhile, it looks like two Republican presidential candidates will be in Chicago this Friday with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) plan to visit the Windy City for the Governor's Dinner.
As of now, Cruz will be the only Republican presidential candidate in attendance, although all past and present 2016 candidates have been invited, according to the Illinois Republican Party. The now-annual Governor's Dinner is a "high dollar fundraiser" hosted by the state's GOP party. The first Governor's Dinner was held last year to mark the election of now-Gov. Bruce Rauner, who was the first Republican to be elected governor in 12 years.
Cruz, who will be speaking at the Governor's Dinner, is also expected to attend the Northwest Suburban Lincoln Day Dinner in Rolling Meadows on Friday. Cruz's wife, Heidi, is expected to speak at the City Club of Chicago on Wednesday and appear at his campaign office in Homer Glen.
Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally at the UIC Pavilion, which has riled up many Chicagoans, who have vowed to protest the appearance and are calling on the University of Illinois to cancel the event due to the GOP frontrunner's divisive rhetoric.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has not committed to any events in Illinois this week. Rubio is reportedly laser focused on winning the primarry in his home state of Florida, which holds its primary on the same day as Illinois.