CHICAGO
10/11/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Circuit Clerk: It's My Birthday, Pay Up

Dozens of employees of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown are planning a 55th birthday bash for their boss in a boutique hotel in the Loop later this month--with the aim of raising thousands of dollars for her campaign fund.

The minimum donation to attend the Sept. 30 party in the Hotel Allegro is $125, but supporters can become sponsors with a minimum donation of $1,000 at the "friend" level and a maximum gift of $25,000 for the "platinum" level, according to Brown's campaign fund. Celebrants also are invited to spend from $10 to $500 to buy "a celebratory message in the souvenir book."

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