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Mike Pence's Chicago Ties: His Irish Grandfather Settled On South Side

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore

(CBS) – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was raised in the Hoosier state, but he says he has a strong, personal connection  to Chicago.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from the Loop.

Pence says his grandfather emigrated to the U.S. from Ireland in 1923 and came to Chicago, where he drove a bus for 40 years.

In a speech to the City Club of Chicago in December 2014, he said his parents grew up on the South Side.

"It's very personal when I'm in the city. I feel very at home," he said then. "My story is I was born and raised by two big-city kids down in a really small town in Southern Indiana."

Gov. Pence says the family would pile into their station wagon around the holidays and make the drive to the South Side to "hearth, home and family and friends."

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has chosen Pence, a former Congressman, as his running mate.



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