House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer hits Illinois for Bustos, Quigley, Foster, Schneider

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Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. | AP file

WASHINGTON — House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer D-Md., hits Illinois on Monday and Tuesday to bolster three House incumbents and a former member making a comeback bid.

Later in the week Hoyer, who stands out for releasing where he goes to fundraise for Democrats, travels to Nebraska to help Democrats there. Hoyer is the number two Democratic leader in the House.

Hoyer headlines a fundraiser for Rep. Cheri Bustos D-Ill., from the central Illinois 17th congressional district and later is the draw at a funder for Rep. Bill Foster, who represents the 11th congressional district anchored in Chicago’s western suburbs.

On Tuesday, Hoyer joins Rep. Mike Quigley D-Ill., whose 5th congressional district is mainly on Chicago’s North Side, to tour a Rags of Honor – a screen printing company employing homeless veterans and then stops at 1871, the digital start-up hub in the Merchandise Mart.

On Tuesday night, Hoyer is marquee name at a fundraiser for former Rep. Brad Schneider D-Ill., who lost the north suburban 10th congressional district seat in 2014 after a term to Rep. Bob Dold R-Ill.

In a fairly rare move, the Democratic House leaders are taking sides in the March, 2016 Democratic primary, supporting Schneider over Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering.

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