CHICAGO (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says the Illinois governor’s race is personal for her as she stumps for Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election bid.

She told the thousands at a Tuesday rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago that she’s happy to be back in her hometown and will cast her ballot for Quinn. She says Quinn has made tough decisions for Illinois and puts families first.

The first lady also attended a small $10,000-a-person fundraiser at a Chicago restaurant.

Earlier Tuesday, she appeared in Wisconsin to rally backers of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

Last week President Barack Obama fundraised for Quinn. Quinn faces a challenge from Republican Bruce Rauner.

Early voting starts in Illinois this month, with some voters able to vote during a grace period this week.

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