Clinton stopping in Chicago, makes early voting push in Iowa

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CHICAGO -- Hillary Clinton will be in Chicago tonight to headline what's being called a "conversation" with local lawyers. Tickets for the fundraiser start at $2,700 each.

Before coming to Chicago, Clinton will be in Des Moines for an event kicking off the start of early voting. The Democratic presidential candidate will deliver a speech in Des Moines focusing on the childcare challenges faced by middle class families, according to a campaign aide. Clinton backers also plan to host events in 10 Iowa cities on Thursday.

Early voting is available in select polling places in Chicago and across Illinois starting October 24.

Organizing early voting was a key piece of President Barack Obama's strategy four years ago. More than 4 in ten Iowa voters cast ballots before Election Day in 2012.

Clinton's Chicago visit comes less than 24 hours after her Republican rival Donald Trump stopped by, although he didn't mention Chicago violence until he got to Wisconsin. Trump also made a stop in Iowa yesterday.