Photos: Bernie Sanders rallies in Chicago's Grant Park

Sat. March 7, 2020 6:21 PM by News Staff

photo credit // steven koch
Chicago, IL - With just over a week remaining until the Illinois presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders held a rally at Chicago's Grant Park on Saturday afternoon.

Thousands of supporters attended the rally, which featured a number of speakers and ran from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Petrillo Music Shell.

Sanders was introduced by Rep. Jesus "Chuy' Garcia (D-Illinois), who was a leading national surrogate for Sanders in 2016.

"I can't even see the end of the crowd you are so far back," joked Sanders.

"So brothers and sisters we are here today for some important business," Sanders told the crowd. "Today we make it clear that together we are going to defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country."

During his speech, Sanders addressed gun sales, prison reform, the war on drugs and legalization of marijuana.

"Our campaign message is, 'us, not me,'" Sanders said.

"Understanding we are stronger and better human beings when we care for each other," he continued. "In a difficult and complicated world, we must be in it together. My family has got to care about your family, your family has got to care about my family. And in the richest country in the history of the world, when we care about each other we can go a long way to addressing many of our problems."

"Us, not me. Us, not me," Sanders said to cheers.

"Don't let Trump divide us up by the color of our skin, or where we were born, or our sexual orientation, or our religion. If we stand together around an agenda that works for all of us, not just the people on top, we can transform this country, and create a better life for every man woman and child."

"Let us win here in Illinois. Let us win the Democratic nomination. Let us have the satisfaction of defeating the most dangerous president," Sanders concluded.

Also speaking in Grant Park was the United Electrical Workers Carl Rosen; Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th); state Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago); Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th); Martese Chism of National Nurses United and Chicago Teachers Union vice president Stacy Davis Gates.

On Friday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) announced their endorsement of Vice President Joe Biden.

The Illinois Democratic Primary is on March 17.