Ten years after being elected president, former President Barack Obama is at home speeding up a rally to get the vote on Sunday, pushing voters to deposit their ballots early or show up on Tuesday for the Illinois Democratic ticket.
"The character of our nation is on the ballot," a grunt Obama told the crowd on Sunday at the rally, which began at 3 p.m. at the University of Illinois at the Chicago Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave.
"When you vote, when you participate in the political process, you can control the bad behavior," Obama said. The crowd even roared when the former president rolled up his sleeves.
By repeating a line he used the previous Sunday at a rally in nearby Gary, Indiana, about the administration of President Donald Trump, Obama said: "They have accumulated enough accusations to form a football team."
The rapper and actor Common, winner of Grammy and Academy Awards, cheered the crowd before the event.
"Hi everyone, I'm from the south side of Chicago," Common said.
Long lines of people were outside the pavilion on Sunday despite the rain.
The candidate for governor, J.B. Pritzker, took the stage to say "hatred and misogyny should not take place in the United States." He told the crowd: "This election is about what Illinois can be."
The contender for Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul told the crowd: "I am a proud son of Haitian immigrants who did not come from [a] s-hole, "referring to reports of derogatory comments by President Donald Trump on immigration from several countries earlier this year:" I am a baby by birthright, "Raoul said.
The Comptroller and the probable contender of the mayoralty of Chicago, Susana Mendoza, called herself in the demonstration "her fiscal guard dog that tells the truth and that is not afraid to face Bruce Rauner".
Receiving great applause at the beginning of the demonstration: Lauren Underwood, hopeful of the House of the United States, the nurse who runs against the Republican representative Randy Hultgren. Another candidate from the House of the United States, Sean Casten, was also scheduled to speak.
Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin told the UIC crowd that Tuesday's elections are about "saying no to the hatred and fear we hear from this president every day."
Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth delivered a speech at the rally: on Tuesday, be there to "say no to [President Trump], say no to [Gov. Bruce Rauner,]"And say no to a" petulant stalker of a president. "Both Durbin and Duckworth have been on the Illinois road for the Democrats, nor are they in a position to be re-elected this year.
The president of the Illinois Democratic Party, Michael Madigan, will not be at the rally, the sources say. But Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared behind the scenes, according to a source who said he and Obama "talked about medium-term expectations, what they're hearing about races throughout the county and about the Presidential Center of Obama. "
Rauner goes out on the track
Rauner seeks to increase the Republican Party's participation with stops on Sunday in Decatur; Gibson City; Morris, and San Carlos. While the Illinois Democratic ticket is united, Republican Party contenders are not meeting in the final days of the campaign.
Early voting ends on Monday.
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Obama has been on the stump of the besieged democrats. Before returning to Chicago, Obama is leading a rally in Indiana for Senator Joe Donnelly, one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats. While Indiana is strongly Republican, northwest Indiana is a Democratic stronghold.
Obama, who used an absentee ballot to vote from his home in Kenwood, needs to encourage the participation of the Chicago Democrat for the state ticket.
Democrats worried about Raoul
While Pritzker is finishing his battle with Rauner far ahead in all the polls, there is some concern about Raoul, who is caught in a fight with Republican Party opponent Erika Harold.
Casten and Underwood, which run in the suburban districts of the House of Representatives, need a mbadive turnout from the Democrats to beat their rivals. Casten wants to defeat Representative Peter Roskam in District 6 and Underwood wants to deny Rep. Randy Hultgren another term in District 14.
On Monday, the president will hold rallies in Cleveland, Fort Wayne, Ind., And Cape Girardeau, Mo.
On Sunday, Trump hits Macon, Ga., At 3:55 p.m. rally, speaking almost at the same time that Obama will be on stage at the UIC. Trump has a late night rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and stumps in Ft. Wayne on Monday.
Look back to this day, 10 years ago, when Barack Obama was elected president: