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Democrats Prepare for the 2024 Democratic National Convention in Chicago

Excitement is building as Democrats gear up for the highly anticipated 2024 Democratic National Convention in the vibrant city of Chicago. With thousands of visitors expected to flock to this grand event, preparations are in full swing to ensure a memorable experience for all.

Bringing the Windy City to Life

From August 19th to 22nd, the Chicago convention will play host to an impressive gathering of 5,000 to 7,000 delegates and alternates, attracting an estimated 50,000 visitors to the Windy City. Not only will this event energize the political landscape, but it is also projected to inject a staggering $150 million to $200 million into Chicago’s economy.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Various sponsorship levels are available, offering corporations the chance to contribute anywhere from $100,000 to a generous $5 million. Sponsors at the highest level will enjoy exclusive perks, including lower-level suites with 12 to 24 seats each, credentials for every convention session, and 40 premium hotel rooms.

Anticipation is high as high-profile companies and big-money players prepare to attend this monumental Democratic Party event, eagerly awaiting the approval of the DNC CEO by President Joe Biden, the party’s front-runner. The CEO will oversee the day-to-day operations, ensuring a seamless and successful convention.

Funding the Convention

Illinois and DNC officials are already exploring various avenues to finance this grand affair. Governor J.B. Pritzker has committed to a budget of over $80 million for the convention, assuring that Chicago’s “strong fundraising community” will prevent any debt for the DNC, the city, or the state.

While federal funds typically do not cover convention expenses beyond security, the Illinois congressional delegation has petitioned the Department of Homeland Security to increase the security grant from $50 million to $75 million. This grant, in addition to other sources, will help cover the costs of additional police presence and ensure a safe environment for all attendees.

Furthermore, the Chicago Federation of Labor is working closely with the Democratic Party to secure a labor agreement well in advance, deviating from the norm of settling such agreements months before the convention. This proactive approach aims to streamline preparations and create a seamless experience for all involved.

A Convention to Remember

If the DNC receives the requested $75 million for security, combined with the $80 million budget, the 2024 convention in Chicago could amount to a remarkable $155 million affair. To put this into perspective, the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia had a budget of $86 million, while the Republican National Convention in the same year cost approximately $114 million.

As the 2024 convention approaches, all eyes will be on the Midwest’s “Blue Wall” states, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. With all Democratic governors reelected during the 2022 midterm elections, this convention will serve as a platform to highlight their successes and showcase President Biden’s agenda and job performance.

Get ready for an unforgettable event that will shape the future of American politics!



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