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Obama to Attend Chicago Fundraisers this Week

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President Barack Obama talks about national security, Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

President Barack Obama will travel to his hometown of Chicago this week for fundraisers to help Democrats in next year's midterm elections.

The White House says Obama will visit Chicago Wednesday and will return to Washington Thursday.

He'll be attending events to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The president is engaged in a robust effort to support Democrats in next year's elections. For Obama, winning back Democratic control of the House of Representatives and holding his party's majority in the Senate in 2014 would give him more opportunities to pass legislation Republicans oppose.

During Obama's first term, some Democrats griped that the president didn't do enough to help the party's congressional candidates, particularly ahead of the 2010 midterms. Those elections saw Republicans win control of the House.

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