"I am so excited about how he is going to try and implement changes for the middle class to come back again, said paralegal Lisa LaChapelle.Outside, before the event started, the line to get in stretched more than half a mile down 63rd street from the school all the way to Archer Avenue. People waited for several hours in dropping temperatures to get in.
"I think he wants to help out the people that's in my generation and my age the most," said Northern Illinois University student Wakelo Ryals. "I think that since we are the up-and-coming generation for the country that is important that we get her voices heard."The younger generation seems to have found that voice in a man old enough to be their grandfather.
"I think Bernie really speaks to a lot of the disenchantment that young people feel in America with the way things are," said Aquinas College student Lauren Vitiritti. "Bernie just really reaches us."After Sanders surprised some with his recent victory in Michigan, there is hope it will generate some mommentum for Illinois' primary and beyond.
"I still think it's anybody's game," said UIC student and Sanders volunteer Omar Aburmishan. "There are still about 30 states left. I can't wait to see what happens."But it's not just the young who are hoping in Sanders.
"He grew up in a generation that was similar to my generation where everything was possible," said voter Marc Daniels of Springfield.