Illinois History Minutes

July 27 Illinois History Minute


It’s July 27th, the day in 2004 when a state senator from Chicago named Barack Obama gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston that would introduce him to the nation. In addition to praising presidential nominee John Kerry, Obama chided pundits and commentators for exaggerating and exploiting America’s political divisions.

Obama was running for a U-S Senate seat, but in four years, he would be elected president.