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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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In Honor of National Cheesecake Day–Dick Durbin on the floor of the U.S Senate

Illinois is very fortunate to have a dedicated senior US Senator in
Dick Durbin. He has been a great propoent for Chicago and Illinois in the Senate
and is we look forward to him becoming Senate Democratic Whip (the second
highest position in the party in the Senate) in January.

Senator Durbin has great passion for Eli’s Cheesecake as demonstrated
in the proclamation that he
offered on the Senate Floor for
National Cheesecake Day.

Senator Durbin also knows this State so well that he was the first to
tell us that the spot on the side of our Eli’s Cheesecake Cow that we created
for Cows on Parade was the outline of the State of Illinois


Mr. DURBIN: Mr. President, today is a very special day for all
Americans, but it is especially near and dear to the hearts of many residents of
my home State of Illinois, because today has been designated as National
Cheesecake Day.
Some may be tempted to dismiss National Cheesecake Day as another meaningless
holiday. To those unenlightened few, I extend my sympathies. For you have truly
missed out on one of life’s sweetest pleasures. You see, in Illinois, especially
in the greater Chicago area, National Cheesecake Day can only mean one thing,
Eli’s Cheesecake.

When long-time restaurateur and Chicagoan Eli Schulman founded Eli’s: The
Place for Steak Restaurant, one of his marquee offerings was a superb
cheesecake. It quickly became one of Chicago’s favorite desserts. So popular, in
fact, that Eli’s began producing it for other restaurants and retail outlets
across the country. Eli’s Cheesecake Company has now been a Chicago icon in its
own right for more than 20 years.

Since its 1980 debut at the first Taste of Chicago, Eli’s Cheesecake has
grown to become the largest specialty cheesecake company in the country. In both
1993 and 1997, Eli’s Cheesecake was selected to participate in the presidential
inaugural festivities, they have supplied desserts on Air Force One for
Presidents Reagan to Clinton, and Eli’s Cheesecake provided the cake for the
First Lady’s birthday bash in 1997.

How does a humble homemade Chicago dessert go from after-dinner obscurity to
gracing the plates of Presidents and First Ladies?

Actually, there are two answers. The first is the taste. If you’ve ever had a
bite of an Eli’s cheesecake, you’d know that there is nothing like it anywhere
in the world. Eli’s has taken great care to continue making each cheesecake by
hand–the same way the very first one was made. This ensures each bite will have
the rich, creamy Eli’s taste so many have come to love.

The second is the spirit of Eli Schulman himself.

In 1910, a young man named Eli Schulman was born on Chicago’s West Side.
Although Eli’s father owned a bakery on Roosevelt Road, times were hard for the

Eli was forced to leave school and embark on a series of jobs to support his
family, doing everything from selling newspapers, to peddling seat cushions at
ballparks, to managing a shoe store and selling women’s dresses.

In 1940, Eli decided to open his own restaurant called the Ogden Huddle. Soon
after World War II breaks out, two signs appear in the restaurant’s window. The
first offers a 25 percent discount to men in uniform. The second simply

Eli was forced to leave school and embark on a series of jobs to support his
family, doing everything from selling newspapers, to peddling seat cushions at
ballparks, to managing a shoe store and selling women’s dresses.

In 1940, Eli decided to open his own restaurant called the Ogden Huddle. Soon
after World War II breaks out, two signs appear in the restaurant’s window. The
first offers a 25 percent discount to men in uniform. The second simply

Following the war, in the 1940s and 50s Eli’s business expands and his new
restaurants become “hot spots’ for both the Rush Street and Lake Shore Drive
set. When in town, entertainers such as Barbara Streisand, pianist Bobby Short
and comedian Sheky Green often can be found frequenting Eli’s.

In 1966, Eli and his Wife Esther realized their dream of opening a
white-tablecloth establishment, Eli’s The Place for Steak, in what was then the
luxury hotel The Carriage House. Eli’s soon became the spot for celebrities and
dignitaries to dine. Everyone from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. to Gayle
Sayers of the Chicago Bears and comedian Henny Youngman, all began to make Eli’s
their place for steak.

In the late 1970s, following up on a suggestion from a customer about his
dessert, Eli spent several weeks coming up with a recipe that pleases everyone.
Eli’s Cheesecake quickly became a marquee offering at Eli’s the Place for Steak.
In the next few years, this rich and creamy dessert became such a hit that Eli’s
began producing cheesecakes for other restaurants and retail outlets.

Although Eli Schulman passed away in 1988, a playground in Seneca Park,
located across the street from Eli’s the Place for Steak, has been dedicated to
his memory. And Eli Schulman’s spirit lives on in the company he started. His
son, Marc Schulman and Marc’s wife Maureen, are dedicated to providing their
customers with products and services that live up to the name “Chicago’s

Eli’s Cheesecake now employs more than 200 associates, the company’s growth
has been dramatic, and its headquarters, Eli’s Cheesecake World, is a 62,000
square-foot state-of-the-art bakery, visitor center, and cafe.

Today, the company makes more than 15,000 cheesecakes every day for sale to
restaurants, supermarkets, and airlines. Eli’s Cheesecakes are also available to
the public via the company’s thriving mail-order business and Web site.

In honor of this great day, I have brought a taste of Chicago to the U.S.
Senate. Earlier today, I delivered a sample of Eli’s Cheesecakes to both the
Democratic and Republican Cloakrooms for my colleagues to enjoy.

As we go about the Nation’s business today, I hope that each of my colleagues
will take a moment to enjoy the treats in the cloakrooms and ponder the words of
a respected American writer who once proclaimed that cheesecake was the truest
democratic dessert, it is a mix of different ingredients that did not care much
for the presence of an upper crust.

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