Hundreds of people rallied at a downtown Chicago plaza to support President Barack Obama's health care reform efforts.
The sign-toting crowd cheered Tuesday evening as Gov. Pat Quinn called health care reform "the battle of our lifetime."
Seventy-seven-year-old Caroline Herzenberg of Chicago says all Americans need coverage that resembles Medicare because too many are turned away by private insurers.
About 30 protesters shouted from across the street, holding signs saying "Just Say No to Socialism" and "Keep Your Laws Off My Body." Stefanie Wilson of Addison says government should stay out of health care.
Obama wants to overhaul health care to cover nearly 50 million uninsured Americans. Lawmakers left for August recess without passing a plan.