CHICAGO — President Barack Obama, back in his adopted hometown to stump for Democrats and raise cash, used his time back in town to vote early.
When he showed up at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center on 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave., one poll worker asked if he was Barack Obama.
"That's me," he replied.
He arrived by motorcade from his Hyde Park home, and kids at an elementary school across the street gathered at the playground gate shouting, "President Obama!"
"I'm so glad I can early vote," Obama said while getting his ballot.
The president approached the voting machines, lined up against a wall with an American flag draped over it.
Obama joked that the voting machine was made for "folks that are a little shorter than me."
After leaving the voting center, Obama traveled to Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign offices in the 300 block of East 47th Street. When he arrived there around 11:30 a.m., he brought in three boxes of doughnuts.
"Michelle sent these. We got broccoli, carrots, " he joked.
He was joined by Sen. Dick Durbin and Quinn.
The president made his way around the room greeting volunteers, "Nothing like campaign fever," he said.
He later returned to his home, where he was expected to spend much of Monday afternoon.
Obama remained in town after a Sunday night campaign rally at Chicago State University on the South Side, where he sought to rally support for Quinn, Durbin and other Democratic candidates.
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