With five days till the Illinois Primary, Democratic presidential candidates have their eyes set on Illinois.

Hillary Clinton held a get-out-the vote rally Thursday night in the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills.  Clinton, who was born in Chicago and raised in Park Ridge, is hopeful her Illinois roots will lead a younger crowd to vote on Tuesday. The former Secretary of State spoke to a crowd of more than 800 people about the importance of this year’s Illinois primary and its role nationally.

“We’re moving toward the Illinois primary; this turnout tonight I think shows you all know what’s at stake, the stakes are high in this election,” Clinton said.

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During her 30-minute speech, Clinton discussed gender equality, immigration reform and the need to continue to make health care more affordable.

The former Secretary of State also spoke on keeping jobs in America, adding the need for tougher penalties on business that leave the U.S.

“Now we are in fight to be able to preserve jobs and attract more jobs,” Clinton said. “We do need to change the tax code so it doesn’t reward businesses that export jobs.”

In the Chicago Tribune Poll published Tuesday, Clinton holds a large lead over candidate Bernie Sanders, 67 percent to 25 percent. But following Sanders’ upset win in Michigan on Tuesday, where Clinton help commanding leads in the polls, the Clinton campaign sees Illinois in play.

Former President Bill Clinton, who campaigned earlier in the week in Evanston, spoke in Peoria Fridayevening, while Sanders traveled for a rally in Summit.  Mrs. Clinton will stop in St. Louis on Saturday.


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