Preckwinkle gets prime seat next to Bill Clinton Monday

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Updated 7/26/2016 9:15 AM

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle set tongues wagging Monday when she appeared next to former President Bill Clinton during a key, prime-time moment of the Democratic National Convention's opening night festivities.

Preckwinkle was seated to Clinton's left in a box at the convention hall during first lady Michelle Obama's speech, and Tuesday morning, she spoke to WGN about the experience.


"I was honored to join the president in his box," she said.

Though she didn't reveal much about what the surprising seating invitation meant. Preckwinkle also brushed off the idea that the invitation meant something about her political prospects.

"I met the president on Election Day, March 15. He was in my ward, in my precinct actually, and I was grateful to be invited to join him last night," Preckwinkle said.

Clinton is set to give a key address in today's convention program, putting the former president in position to make a direct case to voters about his wife, who will be formally nominated later today.

"At the last convention, he gave one of the best speeches I've ever heard in my life, so I'm looking forward to it," Preckwinkle said.

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