A visit from the first lady turned into a Democratic rally with a single message: don’t sit at home on Election Day. Several politicians warned the crowd at the UIC Pavilion that Democratic voters must reverse the trend of turning out in smaller numbers in non-presidential elections. The final speaker at the event set the stakes even higher. First Lady Michelle Obama says voting for Democrats like Gov. Pat Quinn will help protect her husband’s presidential legacy, calling this year his real last campaign
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“That election in 2012, that wasn’t the change we sought. It was only the chance to make that change,” Obama said, “and if we want to finish what we started together, then we need to re-elect Pat Quinn as governor.” Obama mentioned Quinn’s support of raising the minimum wage and how he didn’t take a paycheck during last year’s battle over pensions as reasons why she supports him. She never mentioned Quinn’s Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner, by name during her speech.