Election 2014

Obama to Rally Votes for Embattled Illinois Governor

It would be a bit embarrassing to lose the home state.


CHICAGO— With most Democrats across the country trying to keep their distance, President Obama has mostly stayed on the sidelines in this election cycle as his popularity has cratered.

But here in his political backyard, the president is throwing himself into saving Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who is locked in a tight re-election race with Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

Just weeks after headlining a fundraiser for Quinn in his adopted hometown of Chicago, Obama is scheduled to return to the Windy City on Sunday night for a campaign rally for the governor not far from the neighborhood where he started his career as a community organizer.