BRONZEVILLE — With the African-American vote apparently looming large in the March 15 Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton plans a Get Out the Vote rally at Bronzeville's Parkway Ballroom Wednesday.
The former U.S. senator and secretary of state will be in town Wednesday for three fundraisers and the midday rally. The 11 a.m. rally, however, at the Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Drive, has already reported reservations are full.
According to her campaign website, she'll also hold a "Conversation With Hillary Clinton" at 12:30 p.m. at the home of Sabrina and Antonio Gracias, with a minimum contribution of $2,700, and another at 4:30 p.m. with attorney Joe Power as host, both allowing a photo with Clinton for the contribution.
She'll hold an "Evening With Hillary Clinton" at 6 p.m. at Venue One, 1034 W. Randolph St., with entrance fees as low as $250. Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland, the Naperville resident who died in police custody in Texas last summer, is expected to be in attendance.
After Clinton won the Iowa caucuses and her main Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), won the New Hampshire primary, the African-American vote was considered key to their next faceoff, in the South Carolina primary, as well as the Illinois primary March 15.
Tuesday was the last day to register in Cook County ahead of the primary.
Clinton has enjoyed the coattails of her husband, President Bill Clinton, in courting African-American voters, although she was undercut in that demographic eight years ago by President Barack Obama.
Sanders too, however, has ties to the local African-American community, as he worked for civil rights in the '60s while a student at the University of Chicago.
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