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Obama's Advisor Headed to South Suburbs for Fundraiser

Prairie State Trustee and Chicago Heights Resident Wendell Mosby explains the purpose of the under-40 fundraiser.

David Axelrod will be in the South Suburbs next week for a fundraiser supporting President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Axelrod is not a household name, but many who closely followed Obama's 2008 campaign have heard of him. He was the then-candidate's campaign advisor, who picked up the title "Senior Advisor to the President" after the election. Axelrod is now back on the campaign trail.

"He is the architect for the ‘08 campaign," said Wendell Mosby, a Chicago Heights native and co-chair for Gen44 helping to promote Axelrod's visit.

Gen44 is an under-40 fundraising program under Obama for America and it is comprised of "next generation of leaders, young entrepreneurs, social innovators and activists," according to the Obama's campaign Website.

Mosby, who has been a part of the organization since 2011, said despite Axelrod's presence, the event is not solely aimed at getting Obama reelected. He describes it as a chance to galvanize the Southland, playing up the exclusivity of meeting Axelrod in a smaller setting.

"To have unprecedented access... Mr. Benny’s can’t hold a thousand people, so it’s going to be an intimate group," Mosby said. "People can look at this guy and hear what he has to say and maybe have an opportunity for some questions and answers."

In discussing the event, Mosby kept referring to a "voter apathy" seen through a sharp reduction in voters in the years following the 2008 elections.

The trustee said he wants people to care about the state and county level elections as much as the presidential one, adding that it can be difficult to organize an inspiring event for young people in the South Suburbs.

"In Chicago, it’s easy to put an event on at a lounge and make politics sexy," Mosby said. "In the ‘burbs, you have to be way more creative in how you make politics sexy for a young professional. That’s what I’m really looking to do."

Co-hosts for the event include, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., State Sen. Toi Hutchinson and State Rep. Anthony DeLuca.

The fundraiser will be at Mr. Benny's in Matteson and general admission tickets are $100.

Resident February 25, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Nope. I've not personally benefited from any of his new policies. In fact, I'm paying more for healthare and I've not been able to lower my mortgage rate. But that's OK with me because I see my neighborhood improving and I see people who were very ill who could not afford to pay for their medications getting well again. There are more American-made cars on the roads these days and my neighbors who had lost their jobs are finding new ones and holding onto their homes. I voted for Obama. I'm not entirely satisfied with his first term but I will vote for him again because he is moving the US in the right direction. Besides, the alternatives are laughable. No one can reasonably dispute that.
Chicagoheightsmike February 25, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I will see your Cannoli and raise you a Tyskie Beer.
Resident February 25, 2012 at 09:27 PM
What is your point about his name, plumbob?
christine queiroli February 25, 2012 at 09:28 PM
You got it!
christine queiroli February 25, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Where are all of the racist comments now?
Tonto February 25, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I see a rerun of the "White Guilt" scam used for Oblamers 2008 election. Hopefully people won't be suckered this go round.
Resident February 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM
These organizations would not be necessary if people of color were treated fairly/equally. I'm white. I see the discrimination. I support these organizations because they are necessary for people of color to have even a slim chance to reach goals that people with beige/peachy fleshtones are all but handed on a silver plater.
Resident February 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Obummer... Oblamers... Can you people get any more childish?
nick February 26, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Bumper sticker I saw last week: If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove that you aren't a racist, please vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you're not an IDIOT.
Tonto February 26, 2012 at 05:46 AM
How about President Robin Hood :)
Tom February 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM
"Capitalism is the root of our Nation's problems" I think I quoted you correctly Mr Mosby, are you kidding me? I don't know if you have followed the track records of socialist countries , but if you were to check closely I think you would find the exact opposite is true and in a Socialist country YOU sir would not have you highly self important job with PSC nor would you be making your "trips to Washington" to meet with the other legend in his own mind J.J.Jr.
nick February 26, 2012 at 04:40 PM
"White Guilt"? Maybe people need to learn a little history. Before the U.S. Civil War only 10% to 15% of of the white people in the south were slave owners. The other 85% to 90% were either too poor or they didn't believe in the system of slavery. After the Civil War ended the large waves of immigrants started to arrive from Europe. Today the majority of White's in the U.S. are descended from people who never owned slaves. Hopefully the "guilty white people" will turn off their TV's, go to the library and get a couple of history books to read. May the truth set you free!
nick February 26, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Queen Michelle's personal staff: Ten.. $65,000 - Burnough, Erinn (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary) Eleven.. $64,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B.(Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary) Twelve.. $62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady) Thirteen.. $60,000 Fitz, Alan O.(Deputy Direc tor of Adance and Trip Director for the First Lady) Fourteen.. $57,500 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady) Fifteen.. $52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady) Sixteen... $50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady) Seventeen.. $45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady) Eighteen... $43,000 - Tubman, Samanth a (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office) Nineteen.. $40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady) Twenty.. $36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary) Twenty-One.. $35,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant) Twenty-Two.. $35,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady) Total $1,591,200 in annual salaries
nick February 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn't perform any official duties. But this hasn't deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession. Michele Obama's personal staff: One.. $172,200 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff) Two.. $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady) Three.. $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary for Mrs. Obama) Four.. $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady) Five.. $100,000 - Winter, Melissa (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady) Six.. $90,000 Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady) Seven.. $84,000 - Lilyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady) Eight.. $75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady) Nine.. $70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Project for the First Lady)
Resident February 26, 2012 at 07:51 PM
@nick: Start with the history books that talk about how "Americans" raped and stole this land from the people who occopied it before we did. May the truth set you free.
Resident February 26, 2012 at 07:53 PM
@Nick: You must have had to get awfully close to the car to read that many words on a bumper sticker.
Resident February 26, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Who else can a person vote for in the 2012 election to prove that they are not an idiot? At this point in the Republican run-off, the choices are 1) "I don't care about the poor or about the environment or about animals or about global issues" and 2) "I don't care about women or children or anyone other than white Christian men."
Resident February 26, 2012 at 07:58 PM
@nick: How about posting the $ that the previous First Ladies have spent? I bet you can copy and paste those results just as easily. Your post has absolutely no point.
Wendell Mosby February 26, 2012 at 08:51 PM
1) I'm trying to find the correlation with Blacks being racist for supporting President Obama when it took a significant portion of the White electorate to get him into office. 2) Why didn't anyone call the "white flight" of 80's in the South Suburbs racist or why today, there isn't any "affordable housing" in Frankfort, Mokena, Naperville nor Orland Park. 3) I haven't read one solutions to addressing any of our "local" problems. 4) Nick. You have any facts and figures on some of our local communities...
Tonto February 26, 2012 at 09:04 PM
And the one apologizing to muslims for them killng Americans?
Juvenal February 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Much ado about nothing. The president has Illinois electoral vote locked up. Therefore there is no need the Democratic party to pay any attention to Illinois other than to raise funds. As Chicago's majority Democrat voters spread throughout Cook County and now the collar counties, Illinois is a One party state. It also has the highest debt load per capita of any state, the worst credit rating, and the worst finances. Even the Europeans now call us "Greece by the Lake" The people get the government they deserve and that is certainly the case here.....
Juvenal February 26, 2012 at 11:42 PM
What do you mean by "affordable housing?" Subsidized? BTW the IL Sec of State reports that the corporation your profile so prominently lists you as "Founder" of has been involuntarily dissolved by the State. Might want to get on that...
Homewood Jim February 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Let's be clear. Affordable housing is not a right. Our rights are life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness. The free market does not guarantee you housing, jobs, a car, health care. You have a right to what you can pay for. That's called Capitalism, the system upon which the USA was formed. All these rights you apparently refer to are what Socialists promise. And anyone with half a brain should realize that Socialism does not work. Go to Italy, Greece, Spain, and see what the USA will look like with 4 more years of Obama.
truecolor February 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Let's end this once and for all! The bottom line is O'bama was NOT born in the USA! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwhKuunp8D8
truecolor February 27, 2012 at 12:20 AM
BTW.....When the video above shows O'bama on the phone....someone should have told him that he had the phone upside down!!!!! DUH!
nick February 27, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Wendell: 1) In the 2008 election Obama got 43% of the white vote and 98% of the black vote (I've also seen it listed as 95%). Many people think that McCain should have got 43% of the black vote in a color blind election. Since 98% of blacks voted for Obama, some whites claim that blacks are more racist than whites. Total voter turnout was 63%. Which means 37% of eligible voters didn't like McCain or Obama. (If the 37% that didn't vote, came out and voted for one of the 3rd party candidates like Ralph Nader he would have been close to winning the popular vote, if there was 100% voter turnout)
SouthSide February 27, 2012 at 12:40 AM
You're making him look Irish with the O'... You're funny.
truecolor February 27, 2012 at 01:40 AM
...you're right....oops sorry I'll correct it! Obamarama! Darn....that's not right either....Obamama......wth? Let's see now...hhmmmm.....ok I think I got it...Omaba! Man, I thought I'd never get it right. Thanks for pointing that out to me!
Ernie Souchak February 27, 2012 at 10:04 PM
That's how they do it in Kenya!! You know, Africa. The continent that gave the world the important inventions like, like,...............well,............. that was home to famous statesmen like......................well you know, where the Nobel prize winners come from.
J. Stevens February 28, 2012 at 04:12 PM
For what its worth Being a veteran it is extremely difficult for me say the following but it is true: It is time move. The fall of America is near, not because of race, politics, religion or economics. America (now the third most powerful nation) will self emplode because of our morals. Don't beleive it!? Just read the comments posted on this page. There is no solution to fix our current problems, There is no "do over" here. People will continue to look for the easiest path at the expense of others. I suggest those who wish to return to family values find another location in the world in order to start over again. America as we once knew it is GONE and will not return. Blame goes to more than a President, Senator, Congressman it goes to all of us. But it was a nice run while it lasted. I decided to follow the trend I am collecting SSN, Unemployment, VA benefits and welfare and looking for as many I can get. I am tired of being the moral man, doing the right thing I will stick around and suck every cent I can until the lights go out. Farewell America!

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