Hillary Clinton takes campaign to Illinois today for speech, fundraiser

CHICAGO -- Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton has two campaign stops in Illinois Wednesday.

They start with a speech on the steps at the Old State House in Springfield.

That's also where Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic “House Divided” speech in 1858.

Clinton will remark on race relations and what she calls "difficult days for America."

Last Friday, she remarked on those topics at the African Methodist Episcopal Church convention in Philadelphia.

From Springfield, Clinton goes to Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago.

A private fundraiser is being held at the home of Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts.

On Tuesday, Clinton's former opponent Bernie Sanders gave his official endorsement at an event in New Hampshire.

"This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face," said Sanders. "And there is no doubt in my mind that... Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that."

Clinton told the crowd of supporters that she is now partners with Sanders to win the White House.

"Senator Sanders and I will spare no effort to make sure that the people of American know that once again (Donald) Trump and his chronies are trying to pull the wool over our eyes that hurt us before," said Clinton.