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Hillary Clinton to discuss childcare in Chicago on Wednesday

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, in Chicago for fundraising, will discuss childcare issues Wednesday at an event with the Service Employees International Union.

“She will deliver remarks at the beginning of the discussion on the importance of affordable, quality childcare for families and for our economy,” the Clinton campaign said. Her remarks at the start of the event will be open to a press pool.

I earlier reported that Clinton was returning to her home town for a fundraiser on Tuesday with two more on Wednesday, the first Chicago visits since she declared for president last month.

According to an invitation obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times: A $2,700-per-person May 19 reception will be at the Chicago home of Barbara Manilow, a longtime major donor and fund-raiser for President Barack Obama and other Democrats.

On Wednesday, Clinton has fundraisers at the homes of two longtime supporters, business executives Fred Eychaner and J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K.

The invitations for those events said, “Please join us for a conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton in support of Hillary for America.”

The fundraiser at the home of Eychaner, one of the major Democratic donors in the nation, is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

J.B. Pritzker is a longtime Clinton backer. He was a major supporter and fundraiser when Clinton ran the first time in 2008, even as his sister, now Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, was the national finance chair for President Barack Obama. The Pritzker event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The ticket price is $2,700 per person. Anyone who raises $27,000 becomes a “Hillstarter.” Hosts of the event are being asked to raise $50,000.

The 270 is a reference to the number of electoral votes needed to become president.