Biden in Chicago today fundraising for Tammy Duckworth

SHARE Biden in Chicago today fundraising for Tammy Duckworth
Former Vice President Joe Biden

The University Notre Dame announced March 5 it would award the Laetare Medal to Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner. | AP file photo

Rebecca Blackwell/AP

WASHINGTON — On a drive to turn the Senate Democratic, Vice President Joe Biden hits Chicago today to headline a fundraiser with Sen. Dick Durbin to help Rep. Tammy Duckworth defeat Republican Sen. Mark Kirk.

Chicago is a big source of political money for Demorats and Republicans:

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will be in Bolingbrook today for a fundraiser. His daughter, Ivanka, stops in Chicago and Quincy hunting for campaign cash.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton returns to hometown Chicago on Thursday for fundraisers.

The Biden funder will be at the North Side home of Fred Eychaner, the Chicago business executive who is one of the nation’s biggest donors to Democratic candidates and causes. Durbin, the senior senator from Illinois, is the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate.

The contribution level, according to the invitation, runs from $12,500, which includes a photo reception and a dinner, to $36,100, which also gets the contributor a VIP reception.

The money will go to the Illinois Victory 2016 fund, a joint fundraising committee to benefit the Tammy for Illinois committee, Duckworth’s main campaign war chest and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Senate political operation.

Biden has headlined fundraisers for a string of Democratic Senate hopefuls, including an event for former Sen. Russ Feingold, who’s in a Wisconsin rematch against Sen. Ron Johnson.

The Illinois and Wisconsin Senate contests are among the best Democratic bets for pick-ups.

At present, Republicans have 54 Senate seats. The Democrats’ hold 46, including the independents who caucus with the Democrats. There are 34 seats in play in November; 24 of them are held by GOP senators. To win control of the Senate, Democrats need four more seats if Hillary Clinton wins — because her vice president can cast a vote to break a tie — and five more seats if Donald Trump wins.

The Latest
Some businesses saw a brief boost. Many lost regular customers during the festival because of traffic.
The circumstances of the shooting were unknown.
The man was discovered Sunday morning with multiple gunshot wounds.
Preliminary evidence indicates multiple gunmen opened fire Sunday night in the 4500 block of South Evans Avenue, according to Chicago police.