Obama to visit University of Chicago next week to push for Supreme Court pick

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By Chicago Tribune

President Barack Obama will return to Chicago next week to meet with law school students at the University of Chicago, where he was a professor and lecturer.

The trip was confirmed Friday by White House senior adviser Brian Deese at a Washington breakfast hosted by Politico.

During his visit to U. of C. on Thursday, Obama is expected to discuss the Supreme Court and his selection of appeals court Judge Merrick Garland as a nominee, according to an unnamed White House official.

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“The president will continue to make the case for why Judge Garland — and the American people — deserve for the Senate to fulfill its constitutional responsibility and give this eminently qualified nominee a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote,” the official said.

Both Obama and Garland are from Chicago.

The president refers to Chicago as his hometown and taught at the law school from 1992 until 2004 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. Garland was born in Chicago and grew up in suburban Lincolnwood before attending Harvard.

Garland has been meeting with U.S. senators, including Illinois Republican Mark Kirk, since the nomination.

Next week Garland is scheduled to meet with Illinois’ senior senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, the official said.

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