Suburban upbringing shaped Green Party's presidential candidate

  • Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who grew up in Highland Park, is making her second bid for the White House.

    Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who grew up in Highland Park, is making her second bid for the White House. Associated Press/2012

 
 
Posted9/5/2016 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is campaigning in Chicago on Thursday, a homecoming for the candidate raised in Highland Park.

The seeds for Stein's left of left activism were planted growing up on the affluent North Shore in the '60s while battles were raging over the Vietnam War and civil rights.

 

"I was very involved in a vigil in front of the Highland Park Library on the corner, where there was a group of us protesting the Vietnam war before it became the norm for our generation, before we left high school," Stein said.

Stein, barring a miracle, has no chance of winning the White House. There are not enough disaffected Bernie Sanders progressive Democrats defecting to the Green Party to give her the jump-start she needs.

But Stein will be in Chicago on Thursday for what her campaign is billing as a "reality tour" on the West Side and a rally starting at 7 p.m. at the Peoples Church, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., in Uptown.

Said Stein: "Progressives are looking for a new place to hang their hats, so they are discovering us by the droves."

For the complete story, visit chicago.suntimes.com.

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