Union members gathered in Chicago's Millennium Park Monday to salute workers and rally support for politicians.
The Labor Day rally started with patriotic songs and people waving tiny American flags. Organizers estimated turnout at 3,000, though some union members expressed disappointment at the number of empty seats.
Politicians turned out in full force, including Gov. Pat Quinn.
QUINN: This election on Nov. 2, it's all about the economy, it's all about jobs, it's all about a governor, who believes, as I do, in the minimum wage.
Home health care worker Norene Brown says the rally fired her up.
BROWN: If you look at the abandoned houses that's surrounding us, it tells you we're in trouble, so we got to get busy.
Brown plans to go knock on doors to get people to vote.
The Republican candidate for governor, Bill Brady, could not immediately be reached for comment.