Chicago Sun-Times

Pritzker hosting Biden at Chicago DNC fundraiser, top ticket $365K

- BY LYNN SWEET, WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF lsweet@suntimes.com | @lynnsweet

WASHINGTON — Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Democratic Party will host a high-dollar fundraisin­g reception with President Joe Biden in Chicago on Wednesday evening, with the top ticket price $365,000, the SunTimes has learned.

The event, to raise campaign cash for the Democratic National Committee in advance of the midterm elections, will be Pritzker’s first in-person fundraiser with Biden in Chicago.

The money goes to the DNC’s Grassroots Victory Fund, to be divided mainly between the DNC and state parties — including in Illinois — to help elect Democrats to Congress.

The White House announced last week Biden will be in Chicago on Wednesday to keynote the 40th Internatio­nal Brotherhoo­d of Electrical Workers Internatio­nal Convention.

On Sunday, the White House said Biden will also travel to Kankakee to visit a family farm to “discuss the impact of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on food supply and prices at home and abroad, and the Biden-Harris Administra­tion’s efforts to give farmers the tools and resources they need to boost domestic food production.”

“The President will deliver remarks on Putin’s Price Hike and his Administra­tion’s actions to support farmers and food processors, lower their costs and lower prices for families.”

The White House, in a briefing for reporters last week, previewed economic recovery themes Biden is likely to discuss in Illinois — from job creation to manufactur­ing growth.

The White House also said Biden will attend a DNC fundraiser while in Chicago. The Sun-Times obtained a copy of the invitation and the price levels:

$365,000 to be a “sponsor.” $250,000 to be a “leader.” $100,000 to be a “supporter.” These top three levels get a donor into a small meeting — called a “clutch” in fundraisin­g — with Biden plus a photo.

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