Chicago Mayor Emanuel hosts fundraiser for Gina Raimondo

At this rate, soon Treasurer Gina Raimondo will be able to start a “Mayors for Gina” organization.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hosted a fundraiser for the first-term treasurer, who is widely expected to run for governor in 2014, on Thursday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chase Tower in the Windy City, a Raimondo aide told Emanuel, a Democrat, was President Obama’s first chief of staff and previously served as a U.S. congressman.

It’s the second major fundraiser this month that a big-city mayor has hosted for Raimondo, coming exactly a week after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg threw a campaign event for her at his Manhattan townhouse. The wealth of the two cities combined with the wide networks of Emanuel and Bloomberg should give a significant boost to Raimondo’s campaign war chest for this fundraising quarter, which ends Sunday.

Raimondo left Rhode Island on Thursday morning for the Chicago event and returns tonight, the aide said.

Emanuel suggested last year that Illinois should look at the pension changes spearheaded by Raimondo in Rhode Island as his state seeks to fix its own underfunded retirement system.

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