By Paul Roumeliotis
Brian Urlacher spent years chasing opposing players around a football field, but now he's tackling a new challenge: politics.
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According to the Peoria Journal Star, Rep. Aaron Schock is hosting a fundraising event called Schocktoberfest next month in Peoria and has invited the former Bear to speak and kick off his re-election process for a fourth term. Schock, 32, has grown a friendship with Urlacher over the years, including a conversation they had during a concert at Soldier Field.
Schock has invited big-name politicians to speak at this event in the past, including former President George W. Bush, his wife Laura, and U.S. Representative Paul Ryan.
2013 has been a big year for the Urlacher family in politics. In April, Brian's brother Casey was elected Mayor of Mettawa (Lake County, Ill.) and then in October was named the newest member of Illinois' Civil Service Commission. Casey is also expected to be in attendance at Schocktoberfest.
The event will take place on Nov. 15 at Brewer's Distributing, 2421 W. Townline Road, and includes a $50 entry per person.