Sweet: Clinton coming to Chicago for get-out-the-vote drives

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at presidential primary campaign rally on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Hooksett, New Hampshire. Clinton will be in Chicago next week to headline three fundraisers and campaign with the mother of Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in a Texas jail cell last summer. | Matt Rourke/AP

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton returns to her native Chicago next Wednesday to headline three fundraisers and campaign with the mother of Sandra Bland, the Naperville woman found hanged in a Texas jail cell after a police traffic stop.

Democratic presidential primary rival Bernie Sanders handed Clinton a massive defeat in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, and Clinton is looking to regain her footing with increased focus on turning out the African-American and Hispanic vote.

Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal will join Clinton at a Chicago get-out-the-vote rally. Early voting in Illinois started on Feb. 4. The death of Bland, an African-American, is just one of the latest of a series of controversies involving police and minorities.

Clinton’s fundraisers are high-dollar events: at the home of Sabrina and Antonio Gracias, the CEO and chief investment officer of Valor Equity Partners; then an event hosted by attorney Joe Power, and then a reception at Venue One, 1034 W. Randolph, hosted by a group of prominent women.

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