Three Illinois Democrats to Speak at DNC


Chicago's mayor, Gov. Pat Quinn and congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth are the prominent Illinoisans speaking on the first day of the Democratic National Convention.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Quinn and Duckworth plan to speak Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C.

Quinn has said he'll focus on jobs and the economy. The speech is scheduled for sometime after 5 p.m.

The governor said Tuesday says he’ll set the record straight on “fibs” he says Republicans told about President Barack Obama at their convention last week in Tampa.

"You know I know Barack Obama, I’ve known him since 1996 when he first ran for state Senate," he said.  "And it’s important I think that his hometown people speak about him and tell the nation how important it is to have a man of character, who cares about ordinary people, as our President and continue to be our President.”

Duckworth is running against Republican Congressman Joe Walsh in suburban Chicago.

A campaign email says she'll take a personal approach and touch on her experiences growing up poor and her time with the military. Duckworth was an Army helicopter pilot in the Iraq War when she lost her legs in combat in 2004.

The speech is scheduled for after 7 p.m.  Emanuel, Obama's former chief of staff, is scheduled shortly after 8 p.m.

Story source: Illinois Public Radio