Democrats Turf Fight

CHICAGO (AP) -- Barack Obama lives here, but some of the state's leading Democratic fund-raisers are opening their wallets for former Illinoisan Hillary Rodham Clinton.

One of Obama's chief rivals for president, Clinton is having her second fund-raiser in Illinois later this month.

Her hosts are high-profile attorneys, a wealthy philanthropist, long-time Clinton family friends and business leaders, including a son of the Reverend Jesse Jackson, although the civil rights leader backs Obama.

Clinton campaign spokesman Blake Zeff says the New York senator is trying to capitalize on a May fund-raiser in Chicago that raked in about 300-thousand dollars.

Raising money in Obama's home state won't be easy for Clinton. But there are dollars for her here because she grew up in a Chicago suburb and has political alliances here that date to her years as first lady.


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