Seeking crucial Hispanic votes, Hillary Clinton stumped Monday in Pilsen, talking to a group that helps Mexican-Americans become U.S. citizens, then rallied union workers at Plumbers Hall in the West Loop before heading to Roseland and Springfield.
“I was born in this city,” Clinton reminded the crowd at Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington, looking for a home field advantage. Clinton was born in Edgewater Hospital on the North Side and was raised in north suburban Park Ridge.
Asking for votes, Clinton implored: “If there is an ‘L’ station to go to” to find a person do persuade, be sure to do so, “so we can come out of these elections with the wind on our backs.”
In Pilsen, asking people to vote Tuesday — and not using GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s name — Clinton said, “Send a message, love trumps hate.”
She also did not mention the wall Trump has promised to build on the U.S. southern border — a pledge he repeats in radio ads airing in Chicago.
Her campaign is worried Bernie Sanders is making inroads in Illinois.
Clinton’s stop to talk about the need for immigration reform was at La Casa Resource Center, 1818 S. Paulina. She was joined by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Dolores Huerta, the famous founder of the farm workers movement.
After the Plumbers Hall event, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state also was scheduled to stop at 116th and Michigan Avenue in the Roseland neighborhood, at the Kids Off The Block Memorial, dedicated to the memory of youth who have died through violence in Chicago.
Her rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., also was scheduled to be in the state on Monday, with an event at 8:30 p.m. in Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre.