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Chicago wants to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention and releases a video for the nomination

CHICAGO — Local leaders are bidding for Chicago to host the next Democratic National Convention.

Local Democratic leaders released a website and video on Tuesday naming the city as a potential location for the 2024 convention, where the party will choose its next presidential candidate. Gov. JB Pritzker, who has been lobbying for weeks for Chicago to host the next convention, said it would be a financial boon that would bring more than $150 million to the region.

The video focuses on some of the city’s most famous sights and people – including the lakefront, skyline, beloved sports teams and former President Barack Obama – and is narrated by the rapper Common.

“Our future is being created right here by every Chicagoan who chooses to see what we can be and achieve,” Common says in the video. “By the resilience deeply rooted in our history and the strength acquired with each victory. By bustling North, South, East and West neighborhoods – 77, to be exact; each with a unique story, sounds and tastes.

The video also highlights Chicago’s history as a Democratic stronghold and a more progressive city where advocates and politicians lobbied for civil rights, a higher minimum wage and protected reproductive rights.

“Leading the battle for the right to vote, advocating for the preservation of all civil rights,” Common says in the video. “Suppression. Oppression. We fight for equality. That’s why we’re known as the heart of democracy. Working to build a stronger, fairer economy. It’s part of our motto and etched in our philosophy.

“…It’s the city that has what it takes. No shortcuts, shortcuts; you have to earn what you earn. It’s big enough, strong enough, important enough to preserve and create our future right here.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot also expressed support for bringing the Democratic National Convention to Chicago in 2024.

But the city’s candidacy is far from certain. Other cities have until October to be named as hosts, and Nashville and Las Vegas have joined the competition.

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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