National convention

Chicago is best place to hold 2024 Democratic National Convention, pro-DNC leaders say

CHICAGO — Democratic leaders are heading to Chicago this week to see if it could host the 2024 Democratic National Convention — and local leaders are pulling out all the stops to make that happen.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Governor JB Pritzker and other local officials held a press conference Tuesday where they lobbied for Chicago to host the 2024 convention. The Jesse White Tumblers performed, children sang, and politicians locals promoted Chicago as a diverse and progressive Democratic stronghold that would be ideal for the major event.

The convention is scheduled to be held in the summer of 2024. Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Houston have named themselves hosts; Democratic party leaders are now touring cities to determine who will be chosen.

But “Chicago is the only choice and a place where the DNC can really shine,” Lightfoot said Tuesday.

Members of the Democratic Party delegation will explore the United Center, nearby airports, hotels and city transportation systems to see if they will be suitable for the convention, Lightfoot said.

“I think we’re all up for it. … We are ready for our close-up,” Lightfoot said. “It’s a great global city.”

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Governor JB Pritzker and other officials during the announcement of Tuesday’s Democratic National Convention.

Lightfoot said the convention would be a boon for Chicago because it will have a “dramatic positive economic impact” on the city and boost its economy. Pritzker also lobbied for the convention, saying it would bring millions in revenue to Chicago and benefit all of Illinois.

But having the convention in a diverse Democratic powerhouse like Chicago would also benefit the larger Democratic party and help President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris secure a victory in 2024, officials said.

The convention would “ignite the entire Midwest, from Minneapolis to Detroit, Madison and Milwaukee to St. Louis,” Lightfoot said. “It’s a real opportunity to go straight to the heart. My view is this: you win the heart of the country, you win the elections. »

Local Democratic leaders released a website and video in early May naming the city as a potential location for the 2024 convention.

Chicago has hosted dozens of Republican and Democratic conventions throughout its history, but it’s been nearly 30 years since the last convention was held here.

The most recent Democratic National Convention held in Chicago was in 1996 at the United Center, where then-President Bill Clinton was nominated for re-election.

Prior to this, the city had not held a major party convention since the infamous 1968 event when riots broke out and the National Guard was called in.

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