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Sen. Duckworth Meets with Cubs Co-Owner Todd Ricketts

Sen. Tammy Duckworth met Tuesday with Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts, President Donald Trump’s nominee for deputy commerce secretary.

Duckworth will participate in Ricketts’ confirmation hearing as a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The senator said she had a “good conversation” with Ricketts Tuesday about supporting small businesses and creating good-paying jobs in Illinois.

“His family knows as well as any the kind of investments that were needed to turn the Cubs into World Series champions,” Duckworth said in a statement. “Mr. Ricketts should recognize that Illinois’ economy and our nation’s economy need similarly large scale investments to ensure the economic growth President Obama’s administration helped launch continues.”

Trump nominated Ricketts in November for the role of deputy commerce secretary. Ricketts, who lives in suburban Chicago, backed Trump’s presidential candidacy after initially raising money for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who dropped out early in the Republican primary. Ricketts hosted a fundraiser for Trump in September alongside former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka.

Full story: NBC Chicago

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