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Kasich vows to win Ohio, pick up Illinois delegates in suburbs

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich hosts a town hall event at Navistar in Lisle on Wednesday. | Bev Horne/Daily Herald staff photographer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was in the suburbs Wednesday to try to pick up votes in the parts of Illinois where he sees his strongest support.

Kasich was rallying voters to try to secure delegates as part of his make-or-break push to gain ground in next Tuesday’s primary and deprive current front-runner Donald Trump of the delegates he needs to clinch the Republican nomination.

He is the first to visit in a week that also will see Democrat Hillary Clinton in Vernon Hills Thursday and, on Friday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Rolling Meadows and Chicago, and Trump in Chicago.

While Kasich spoke to crowds in Lisle and Palatine, his eyes were on his home state. Ohio shares Illinois’ primary election day, as does Florida, the crucial home state of Sen. Marco Rubio.

“I’m going to win Ohio, and Ohio is going to be a new day in this race,” Kasich told reporters in Palatine after a town-hall meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Park District Community Center. Earlier, he spoke at Navistar in Lisle.

Kasich pointed to Cook and DuPage counties as areas where he could do well.