CHAMPAIGN — Speaker of the House John Boehner will be in Champaign next week for a $250 per person fundraising dinner for 13th Congressional District candidate Rodney Davis of Taylorville.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday with a VIP reception and photo opportunity at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. The VIP reception is open to $1,000 sponsors or $5,000 hosts.
Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets to the event featuring the 11-term congressman from suburban Cincinnati, who has been speaker since January 2011, are available through the Davis campaign. They will not be sold at the door.
Habeeb Habeeb, chairman of the Champaign County Republican Party, is listed as the chairman of the event.
"Speaker Boehner coming to Champaign-Urbana to support Rodney Davis highlights the importance of this county and is a great opportunity to help spread Rodney's message of helping small businesses create jobs, keeping tax rates low and repealing and replacing Obamacare," said Habeeb.
Others listed as sponsors include Republican U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Manteno, Bobby Schilling of Moline, Aaron Schock of Peoria and John Shimkus of Collinsville.
But missing from the list is retiring U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, who notably still has not endorsed Davis in his 13th District race with Democrat David Gill of Bloomington and independent John Hartman of Edwardsville.
Meanwhile, seven-term U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Chicago, will be in Champaign on Saturday for a fundraiser for Gill.
The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Luna, 116 N. Chestnut St., C. Tickets are $125 per person. Other support levels are patron $250; host $500 and sponsor $1,000.