WASHINGTON -- President Obama will personally kick off his reelection effort with a set of fundraisers in his hometown of Chicago on Thursday, according to his campaign.
The public launch will be an event at Navy Pier, with an assist from Chicago Bulls guard and MVP candidate Derrick Rose. Tickets start at $250 each.
"We are starting something new -- and we want you with us from the start," an invitation from the campaign said.
Two other events -- with higher price tags -- are planned at Windy City restaurants MK Chicago and Nine. All money raised goes jointly to the Democratic National Committee and Obama's campaign.