Bernie Sanders has rallied thousands of supporters in Chicago with his populist call for free college tuition, repairing a "broken" criminal justice system and a $15 minimum wage.
The Democratic presidential candidate spoke Thursday night at Chicago State University. Leaders of the predominantly black institution say it's on the brink of closing down because of Illinois' record-setting budget impasse.
Sanders questioned how that could happen, saying "Where are our priorities?"
The Vermont senator and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will face off in Illinois' March 15 primary. They're working to appeal to minority voters in advance of Saturday's South Carolina primary and contests Tuesday in a dozen states.
Sanders was joined Thursday by Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who challenged Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in last year's election.