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Gov. Christie hits Chicago for Rauner, RGA on Monday

WASHINGTON--Gov. Chris Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, hits Chicago on Monday to headline fundraisers for freshman Rep. Rodney Davis R-Ill., and the RGA with the main press event set to be a visit to the campaign headquarters of GOP governor nominee Bruce Rauner. Vice President Joe Biden will also be in Chicago on Monday, to be the draw at fundraisers for Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees.

Surrounded by friends and family members, Bob Dold, Republican candidate for U.S. representative from the 10th District, makes his concession speech in Lincolnshire on Nov. 6, 2012. Dold is running to take back his seat in Congress from U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., who narrowly defeated him in 2012. | Sun-Times library

Rove-related group jumps in Schneider-Dold race in 10th District

WASHINGTON — Crossroads GPS, a spinoff of a group founded by Karl Rove — the conservative strategist Democrats despise — is running an ad ripping Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., for opposing the repeal of Obamacare, a message potentially hindering the comeback bid of former Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill. I hear the Dold team — seeking to portray Dold as an independent-minded moderate Republican — was not pleased with the Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies ad.

Biden headlining Chicago fundraisers for Quinn, House Democrats

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden hits Chicago on Monday to headline a fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn, delivering on the White House pledge to help the Illinois Democrat and an event to benefit the Democratic House political operation.

The opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center was on April 25, 2013, in Dallas. | Getty

Obama team checking out library sites: First cut in September

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids is a product of a public-private partnership with state and local governments pitching in taxpayer funds for the building and related infrastructure improvements. The result is an imposing structure that helped spark an economic renewal on the west side of the river and is a major tourist destination for the city.

Obama, Clinton party together: No confirmation of a hug

WASHINGTON—We know that President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton partied together on Wednesday night on Martha’s Vineyard to mark the birthday of former Chicagoan Ann Dibble Jordan. We don't know if they hugged.

Howard Dean, former Vermont Governor and former Democratic National Committee chairman. | Sun-Times file photo

Quinn gets boost from Howard Dean, Democracy for America

WASHINGTON—Gov. Pat Quinn’s populist-oriented campaign got an endorsement on Wednesday from Democracy for America, a leading progressive Democratic group, and its founder, Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor, Democratic National Committee chair and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate. This is the first endorsement of an incumbent governor this year from either DFA or Dean and comes as Quinn needs all the help he can get in his battle against GOP nominee Bruce Rauner. 

Pete Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, is running as the Republican candidate for governor of Nebraska. | AP

Team Ricketts backs Pete in bid for Nebraska governor

Cubs board member Pete Ricketts is the GOP Nebraska governor nominee, and he hit Chicago on Friday to speak to the Republican National Committee summer meeting at the Westin Hotel on Michigan Ave. What lessons from the Cubs, I asked him, help on the campaign trail?

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during the Republican National Committee summer meeting Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

Rep. Ryan to RNC: Can't 'define ourselves on what we are against'

The Republican National Committee wrapped up its summer meeting in President Barack Obama’s Chicago on Friday and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) told the party leaders to win, the GOP “has to take our message to everybody.”

A view of downtown Cleveland, which has been chosen for the 2016 Republican National Convention, on July 8, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. The 2016 event will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena. | Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

RNC signs contract for 2016 convention in Cleveland

The Republican National Committee, holding its summer meeting in Chicago, on Friday signed the contract to clinch Cleveland as the site of the RNC's 2016 presidential convention.