SPRINGFIELD — Two years after then-President George W. Bush traveled to Peoria to help Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s campaign for Congress, former First Lady Laura Bush plans to do the same.

Laura Bush plans to appear at a fundraiser for Schock Sept. 13 in Peoria, Schock spokesman Steve Shearer said.

The fundraiser will be a private event with tickets costing $250 and $500. A location hasn’t yet been set, Shearer said.

It’s also unclear if Bush will appear at any events in town open to the public.

Shearer said the experience of former President Bush’s $1 million fundraiser for Schock in 2008 helped lure Laura Bush to Peoria.

“She’s actually harder to get than the president was,” Shearer said.

The extra money will be a boost to Schock’s re-election campaign against Democrat Deirdre “DK” Hirner of Springfield.

Hirner said Thursday that she respects the former first lady and is focused on her own campaign.

Tickets are available through Schock’s campaign office by calling (309) 693-9393.

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