How the suburbs shaped Hillary Clinton

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke Friday in her hometown of Park Ridge.

      Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke Friday in her hometown of Park Ridge. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
Updated 10/11/2019 6:33 PM

Here are a few things you might not know about Hillary Clinton, who talked about her childhood Friday during a visit to her hometown of Park Ridge:

• Clinton learned about the 1968 demonstrations in Chicago's Grant Park while she was at a friend's bridal shower, then drove to the city to see what was happening. She has called the demonstrations during the 1968 Democratic National Convention a political coming of age.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

• Much of her activism was fostered by Park Ridge's First United Methodist Church, where a youth minister encouraged teens from what was then a mostly white community to visit young people at black and Hispanic churches in Chicago.

• As a teen, she joined church trips to Arlington Park's backstretch, where she said she learned about the lives of low-income workers and their families.

• She used to skateboard with friends on land that now belongs to O'Hare International Airport.

-- Marni Pyke

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