Chicago unveiled its pitch for hosting the 2024 Democratic National Convention on Tuesday morning, releasing a brilliantly-crafted video, narrated by its favorite son, Common, that touts Chicago as the “heart of democracy” and the best place to launch the party speech to voters.
Chicago is one of at least seven cities the Democratic National Committee has asked to bid for the convention to be held in the summer of 2024, officials said.
Watch the full video at chicago2024.com.
Illinois’ top Democrats joined with labor and business leaders to announce the offer, with Governor JB Pritzker saying the convention would inject $150 million into Illinois’ economy and boost the tourism and hospitality industries. Chicago’s declining hospitality industry, which have been slow to recover amid the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.
A convention in Chicago “would invite the nation to explore the land of Lincoln and Obama,” Pritzker said in a statement.
“Chicago has a reputation for successfully hosting world-class events like the Democratic National Convention with pride, dedication and hospitality,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. “Hosting the 2024 Democratic National Convention in Chicago will create tremendous opportunities for job creation and business growth, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to show the world why Chicago is an important global city. and the epicenter of the Midwest.”
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who serves as the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Chicago embodies the case Democrats plan to present to voters across the country.
“Chicago is a vibrant and diverse metropolis right in the heart of the Midwest, and there is no city more representative of the diversity of our nation and the ways our city and state policies offer American families” , Duckworth said in a statement.
A deeply blue city at the center of an increasingly red Midwest could give Democrats a chance to reach voters in neighboring swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin, both of which proved crucial in President Joe’s victory. Biden on former President Donald Trump in 2020.
Hailing from Avalon Park, Common’s ode to his hometown brings that argument alive, backed by a funky bassline that pays homage to the city’s musical heritage.
The video doesn’t skimp on the traditional, obligatory shots of the city’s skyline and lakefront while praising the city’s “architectonic” landmarks. But this glowing image of Chicago is juxtaposed with images of protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020 and celebrates the city’s history of vocal political protest.
“Repression, oppression, we fight for equality, that’s why we’re known as the heart of democracy,” Common raps, as an image of newly elected President Barack Obama walking on the Grant stage Park in 2008 flashes onscreen.
The last time Illinois was considered a swing state was in 1992 when Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton defeated President George HW Bush.
The Democratic National Convention was last held in Chicago in 1996. It gave former Mayor Richard M. Daley a chance to redeem the city into the national spotlight after police riots broke out in Grant Park outside the Hilton Hotel on Michigan Avenue during the 1968 convention. .
The 1996 convention was held in what was a brand new United Center on the city’s West Side, launching efforts to revitalize the West Loop, which is now home to trendy restaurants, trendy shops and hundreds of new apartments and condominiums.
The offer has the backing of Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls, and Rocky Wirtz, owner of the Chicago Blackhawks, who share the United Center, which they say “has been continuously improved with more $450 million”. in private investments supporting state-of-the-art equipment.
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