Lake County Board Chairman David Stolman and , were among a small crowd of citizens who welcomed President Barack Obama when he arrived Saturday at O'Hare.
Stolman, of Buffalo Grove, said they were offered the opportunity, which the Republican described as "an honor and privilege," by his son's friend who works on Obama's advance team.
"We watched as the plane came in for its landing, taxied the tarmac area and came to its resting spot right in front of us. The door opened after a few minutes and President Obama came down the stairs, saluted and walked over to us," Stolman wrote in an email to Patch. "President Obama and I shook hands, I mentioned I was from Lake County, and he said, 'It is nice to see you again.' He then walked over to his military helicopter got in and took off for Chicago with four other helicopters following. It was a wonderful experience."
Obama was in town for a series of campaign fundraisers this weekend, including one at his Chicago home, according to CBS.