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Gov. Pat Quinn and his fellow Democrats are getting help from major unions, who are pumping money into a minimum wage ballot initiative. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Big labor investing in turnout for Quinn, Illinois Democrats

WASHINGTON — Major unions are pumping big money into a November ballot question about raising Illinois' minimum wage which in reality is a political tool to energize Democratic voters who are also more than likely to vote for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats down the ticket.

President Barack Obama and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn order breakfast during a surprise visit to Valois Cafeteria in Chicago on May 23, 2014. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

High-profile Dems to hit city to raise cash, boost Quinn

WASHINGTON — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has a string of high-profile surrogates hitting Chicago for him in the coming days to raise funds and rally the Democratic base: both Obamas, Virginia Gov.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is headlining Gov. Pat Quinn's fundraiser on Wednesday night. | AP file

Virginia Gov. McAuliffe headlines Gov. Quinn Chicago fundraiser

WASHINGTON — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and well known among high-end Chicago Democratic donors, headlines a fundraiser for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in Chicago on Wednesday evening. 

Obama guidance & press schedule Sept. 29, 2014 — India PM Modi

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Monday dine with  Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India who traveled here from New York, where he attended the United Nations General Assembly and filled Madison Square Garden at an event on Sunday. Earlier on Monday, Obama meets with HUD Secretary Julian Castro and headlines a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

Illinois 10: Dold's ob-gyn sister stars in ad aimed at women

WASHINGTON — With the Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsing Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., a new television spot by former Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., features his pregnant ob-gyn sister, Dr. Kristie Dold Bennett, vouching for him on women’s reproductive issues. Meanwhile, the latest Schneider ad reminds voters Dold is a Republican — a party label Dold is aggressively playing down.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One on Thursday before heading to Washington from New York | Julio Cortez/AP

Obamas stump for Quinn: President on Thursday, Michelle, Oct. 7

WASHINGTON — Gov. Pat Quinn is getting a double dose of help from the White House in his re-election battle; I’ve learned first lady Michelle Obama hits Chicago on Oct. 7 to headline a rally for the governor. She comes home after President Barack Obama stumps for Quinn in Chicago on Thursday.