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President Barack Obama to Celebrate the Lincoln Bicentennial in Springfield with Eli’s Cheesecake

President Barack Obama With Eli’s 200th Birthday Cake for Abraham Lincoln at the Bicentennial Celebration in Springfield
The photograph of President Barack Obama with our 200th Birthday Cheesecake for Abraham Lincoln was taken at the Crowne Plaza on Thursday, February 12th shortly before his speech to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration.

In the picture with President Obama and the Eli’s Birthday Cake are the chairpersons of the two host organizations for the evening: Marilyn Kushak of the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and Richard Hart of the Abraham Lincoln Association



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Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Barack Obama include Eli’s Cheesecake in their wager with the Senators from Texas

This has been one great week in Chicago and at Eli’s. Starting with Mayor Daley’s wager of Eli’s Cheesecake on Saturday morning and the great victories by the Sox at home on Saturday and Sunday, the excitement continued with the Sox late night victory over the Astros on what was by then Wednesday.

Eli’s is delighted that our distinguished Senators from Illinois, Durbin and Obama, have featured Eli’s in their wager with Senators Hutchison and Cornyn of Texas. That wager is looking pretty good right now for Illinois and we look forward to a Sox victory and World Championship this evening.

Illinois vs. Texas: Senators bet on World

WASHINGTON – Illinois Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) have challenged Texas Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to a friendly, bi-partisan wager on the outcome of the 2005 World Series Championship.

The “red state vs. blue state” match-up intensifies the already heated rivalry. The U.S. Senators representing the World Series Champions will receive a basket of products from the opposing team’s home state.

In the event that the Astros win, Obama and Durbin will begrudgingly provide the Texas Senators with Al’s Italian beef, Polish sausages and Vienna beef hot dogs. For dessert, they will offer Chicago-made Tootsie Rolls and Eli’s Cheesecake.

By winning the National League Championship last Wednesday, the Houston Astros became the first baseball team from Texas to go to the World Series. Three days earlier, the White Sox won the American League Championship for the first time in nearly half a century. If victorious, the Chicago players will be the first White Sox to wear the Championship ring in 88 years. Both teams are eager for a tickertape parade.

“We are all extremely proud of what the White Sox have accomplished and everyone in Chicago will be cheering when they bring the championship home,” said Obama. “And as I’ve told my wife many, many times, the White Sox are 1 and 0 in games where I throw out the first pitch. So all I’m saying is that if Ozzie calls, the arm is rested and ready.”

“No matter who they rooted for all season long, today every baseball fan in Illinois is pulling for the White Sox as they attempt to bring home to Chicago the city’s first World Series championship in 88 years,” said Senator Durbin.

“I have so many fond memories of cheering for the Astros as a reporter and a state representative from Houston,” said Sen. Hutchison. “I remember when the Astros, then named the Colts, beat the Chicago Cubs in 1962 during their first Major League game and when Nolan Ryan became the first player to reach 4,000 strikeouts in a career at the Astrodome in 1985. Now the Astros have reached a new milestone in their history by winning the National League Championship and are going to the World Series. Our Houston Astros have made all Texans proud by winning the National League pennant and giving the Lone Star State a team to cheer for in the World Series.”

“I’m confident that the Astros’ World Series debut will be one to remember. When the pressure’s on, this ball club knows how to get the job done,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said. “I’d like to congratulate the players, the team’s leadership, and all the fans in Houston and across the state.”

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Wright College welcomes Senators Durbin and Obama for a Town Hall Meeting with Veteran’s Administration Secretary, Jim Nicholson

Eli’s Marc Schulman with Veteran’s Secretary, Jim Nicholson, Senator Barack Obama and Senator Dick Durbin

Secretary Nicholson answers a veteran’s question at the Town Hall Meeting

President Chuck Guengerich welcomes Veteran’s Adminsitration Secretary Jim Nicholson to Wright College

Eli’s, Marc Schulman, Chairman of the President’s Advisory Board for Wright, welcomes Lt. Governor Pat Quinn to Wright College. Quinn was the one state official who joined Marc back in March of 1992 to welcome then Governor and Mrs. Bill Clinton to Eli’s U–Eli’s onsite educational partnership with Wright College

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Eli’s Cheesecake honored to be selected by Illinois Senators Durbin and Obama as part of their wager with their North Carolina counterparts over the NCAA Basketball Championship

Illinois and North Carolina Senators Place Modest Wager on Big Game

The University of Illinois and the University of North Carolina Play Monday


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barack Obama (D-IL), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) put their pride and their appetites on the line Monday by making a wager that pits Illinois Horseshoe sandwiches and cheesecake against North Carolina barbecue.

Obama and Durbin announced that when the Illini win the NCAA Championship game, the North Carolina Senator will owe them North Carolina barbecue with all the fixings. If the Tar Heels win, the Illinois Senators will begrudgingly hand over delicious Horseshoe sandwiches from D’Arcy’s Pint in Springfield and a special Illini orange cheesecake from Eli’s Cheesecake Company in Chicago.


“The only words sweeter than ‘Final Four’ are ‘National Champion,’” Obama said. “The Illini have played like champions all season. Now it’s time to make it official.”


“Last game the Illini demonstrated yet again why they’ve been ranked the number-one college basketball team in the country all season,” said Durbin. “After tonight, I’m confident Coach Bruce Weber and the Fighting Illini will be the ‘National Champions.’”


The Illini and the Tar Heels square off Monday, April 4 at 8:21 PM CT in St. Louis, Missouri.

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