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.