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Oct. 25, 1960: John Kennedy campaigned among Republicans in the suburbs

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Lynne Stetz was a junior in the Libertyville High School band and played for Sen. John F. Kennedy's visit to Cook Park on Oct. 25, 1960.

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Sen. John F. Kennedy stood atop a car during this late October scene in Libertyville as he was greeted by people at a rally at Cook Park.


Phyllis Eggert of Libertyville remembers Sen. John F. Kennedy's visit to Libertyville in October 1960.

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Sen. John F. Kennedy addresses a crowd of more than 10,000 packed in front of Aurora city hall on Oct. 25, 1960, as he toured numerous Chicago suburbs. Many people watched from rooftops, and Mayor Paul Egan said the crowd was the greatest assemblage in the history of Aurora.


Sen. John F. Kennedy heads north on Milwaukee Avenue near Church Street in downtown Libertyville during a campaign stop on Oct. 25, 1960.

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Sen. John F. Kennedy works the crowd during his Oct. 25, 1960, campaign stop in the Fox Valley.

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Sen. John F. Kennedy's motorcade rolls through downtown West Dundee on Route 72 during an Oct. 25, 1960, campaign stop in the Fox Valley. After his stop in Carpentersville, Kennedy's motorcade moved on to Elgin.

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Bill Sarto shook Sen. John F. Kennedy's hand and chatted with him during an Oct. 25, 1960, campaign stop in downtown Elgin. Sarto, Carpentersville's former village president, said the meeting inspired him to try his own hand at politics. "I really identified with him because he was Catholic, the first Catholic I heard of that ran for president," Sarto said.

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Jack Wendt of West Dundee describes the day he took his students to see Sen. John F. Kennedy during a campaign stop at Meadowdale Shopping Center in Carpentersville. They walked about a mile from the former Hickory Hill School to the mall. "The kids were excited," Wendt said.

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Volunteers for the Nixon-Lodge campaign took a humorous swipe at Sen. John F. Kennedy when he visited St. Charles in October 1960. The theater is across the street from the Hotel Baker, where Kennedy's campaign took a break.

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The Cook County Herald showcased Sen. John F. Kennedy's visit to the suburbs.

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On Oct. 25, 1960, two weeks before the election, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy campaigned in several suburban Chicago communities. He kicked off the motorcade in Des Plaines and visited Barrington, Lake Zurich, Wheeling, Carpentersville, Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora and Elmhurst. "That is what we are going to do; we are campaigning where the Republicans live," he said.
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