CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago is considering applying for the National Congress of the Democratic Party in 2024, the strategist said on Wednesday.
Tara Cooper Wright, communications strategist and CEO of Rise Strategy Group, which supports the potential bid, issued the following statement:
“As DNC begins planning for the Democratic National Convention in 2024, Chicago is considering applying to become its city. From previous Democratic conventions to the NATO summit and annual large-scale events such as the Air & Water Show, Chicago has Our city and state — a vibrant and diverse metropolis, thriving suburbs, and strong rural communities — provide evidence that our party’s policies benefit American families. “The Convention will give a boost to the local economy. Given Chicago’s potential to be an ideal host, we have agreed to explore this possibility and make a decision soon.”
The last time the National Congress of the Democratic Party was held in Chicago was in 1996. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore were renamed at a convention in central United.
This, in turn, was the first National Congress of the Democratic Party to be held in Chicago after the infamous and defining era of the convention in 1968. The unrest erupted amid protests in Grant Park, which lawyer Dan Walker called a police riot, but nonetheless eight activists began a trial on charges of inciting riots.
Tensions also erupted on the floor of the convention at the International Amphitheater, which stood until 1999 at 4220 S. Halsted St. CBS News correspondent Dan Reser was subjected to security guards at the convention, while Mayor Daly Sr. told CBS Evening News presenter Walter Cronkite that police officers were attacked in the streets.
Hubert Humphrey was nominated for president and Edmund Muskie was nominated for vice president at the 1968 convention.
Chicago also hosted the National Congress of Republicans in 1960, the National Congress of the Democratic Party in 1956, and the Congresses of the Democratic and Republican Parties in 1952 and 1944 – among other congresses dating back to the National Congress Republicans of 1860, at which Abraham Lincoln was nominated.