CHICAGO -- From New York to Chicago and all over the country, Clinton supporters are celebrating.
They're especially pumped here in the Chicago area. The former Secretary of State is a native of Park Ridge.
It's a historic night. Clinton is making history as the first woman presumptive presidential nominee.
This is eight years plus in the making. The former first lady was the runner-up to President Obama in 2008. Many of the people celebrating tonight were with Clinton back then and they still support her now.
“As a woman in politics this is a huge thing to see happen,” State Rep. Kelly Cassidy said.
At the official Clinton Chicago watch party, held at Hardwater Bar and Grille, many local staffers, grassroots organizers and elected officials, including a handful of Chicago aldermen who back Clinton, came out.
“We brought it down to the end. A lot of discussion. Sometimes civil. Sometimes a little less maybe. But the bottom line is I think we’re going to have a better candidate because of it. And it I think everyone will come together and rally around the nominee,” Mark Melton.
It's their night. These are the folks who made Clinton's victory possible. They talked about the historic nature of this night as well as the work that lies ahead for Democrats.
“We can’t afford a President Trump. Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate that we’ve ever had run for office,” Ben Head, Political Director for U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky said.