Hillary Clinton to campaign in Vernon Hills tonight
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will campaign in Vernon Hills tonight, continuing a parade of candidates through the Chicago area ahead of Tuesday's primary election.
Two days after her husband visited Evanston to urge Illinois voters to cast their ballots early, Clinton will do the same at 7:30 p.m. at the Sullivan Community Center, 635 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.
"She will discuss her plans to break down the economic barriers that favor those at the top and build an economy that works for everyone," the campaign's announcement said. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and people interested in attending can sign up at www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/2141684/.
Clinton is locked in a primary race against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and is hoping for a primary win in the state were she was born and raised. Her appearance in Vernon Hills will be at the same spot that hosted a rally headlined by Vice President Joe Biden in 2014.
Sanders pulled off a surprise victory in Michigan Tuesday, staying in the campaign for the Democratic nomination.
Wednesday, a Sanders delegate from the suburban 9th Congressional District told reporters that Illinois' early voting and same-day voter registration law could help his candidate next week.
"Anybody that starts to get interested now, especially after the amazingly, enormously exciting Michigan win for the Sanders campaign, if they want to participate and weight in, the door is wide open," said Dan Johnson of Wilmette, a top Sanders backer.
Grace period registration, or when residents can register after the February deadline and vote the same day, expanded this year.
Clinton's visit adds to the last-week slew of campaign stops in the suburbs. In the Republican primary, Ohio Gov. John Kasich appeared at two suburban events Wednesday, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be in Rolling Meadows Friday. Real estate mogul Donald Trump has a Chicago rally scheduled Friday as well, while a top local supporter of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday he'll skip Illinois for now to concentrate on his home state, which has its primary the same day.
Clinton's appearance at the Sullivan Center is forcing Hawthorn Elementary District 73 to reschedule the opening of its art show at the nearby Aspen Drive Library. The show will open from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 18.
"We have been collaborating with the Sullivan Center, library and police department and believe that to ensure the safety and security for our students and families this change is necessary," District 73 Superintendent Nick Brown said.
• Daily Herald Staff Writer Mary Hansen contributed to this story.