Chicago plans to bid for 2024 Democratic National Convention

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago plans to launch a bid for the Democratic National Convention in 2024, a strategist said Wednesday.

Tarrah Cooper Wright, communications strategist and CEO of Rise Strategy Group, which is backing the potential offering, issued the following statement:

“As the DNC begins planning for the 2024 Democratic National Convention, Chicago is considering becoming the host city. From previous Democratic conventions to the NATO summit and large-scale annual events like the Air & Water Show, Chicago has a track record of successfully hosting large-scale events, and has the leadership necessary to make a convention a success.Our city and state – a vibrant and diverse metropolis, thriving suburbs and strong rural communities – offer proof that our party’s policies are good for American families, and a convention would help the local economy. Given Chicago’s potential to be an ideal host, we have agreed to explore this possibility and will make a decision in a near future.

Chicago last hosted the Democratic National Convention in 1996. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore were renominated at the convention, held at the United Center.

It was in turn the first Democratic National Convention held in Chicago since the infamous and landmark 1968 convention. Unrest broke out amid protests in Grant Park in what attorney Dan Walker called a police riot, but Still, eight activists were tried on charges of incitement to riot.

Tension also spilled onto the convention floor at the International Amphitheater, which was held until 1999 at 4220 S. Halsted St. CBS News correspondent Dan Rather was brutalized by security guards at the convention, while Mayor Daley Sr. told CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite that police were being attacked in the streets.

Hubert Humphrey was named president and Edmund Muskie vice-president at the 1968 convention.

Chicago also hosted the Republican National Convention in 1960, the Democratic National Convention in 1956, and the Democratic and Republican conventions in 1952 and 1944—among other conventions dating back to the 1860 Republican National Convention to which Abraham Lincoln was nominated.


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