Suburban Political Recount
If Illinois Democrats are going to get along, that means somewhere in the political world conflict has sprung anew.
Politico found it
DENVER — As Democrats arrived here Sunday for a convention intended to promote party unity, mistrust and resentments continued to boil among top associates of presumptive nominee Barack Obama and his defeated rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The fight unfolds:
Here are Joseph Ryan's pics and notes from the Illinois delegation reception.
We have seen only a relatively modest protest presence - a mix of hippies and anarchists - but the Denver police are geared up and intimidating.
House Speaker Michael Madigan greeted guests to his party Sunday at Marlowe's, a downtown Denver steakhouse.
Joseph Ryan is staking out an Illinois delegation reception this evening. Most of the big names are there -- Speaker Madigan, Mayor Daley -- and so far everyone is talking nice about each other.
Let's hope it lasts.
Four years ago the "conflict" theme kept the media ping-ponging back-and-forth among the warring officials.
Joe will have more on the reception and the mood of the place online later.
Update: Durbin comments
Dave Beery caught U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin at the Denver airport today. Durbin told him that Illinois Democrats "owe" it to Obama to leave their political baggage back home and get along in Denver.
From left to right: Nick Shields, Amanda Vinicky (Illinois Public Radio), John Patterson, Joseph Ryan
This is posted right outside the place we're staying
Where are we?
To call the airport here Denver International Airport is a stretch. Felt like we were closer to Kansas City than Denver. Once you leave the airport it's a good 10 minute highway drive before you see any real signs of civilization. There's literally nothing around.
Now I know what Peotone airport would be like.
Time to weigh in on Saturday night's media party. Three big thumbs up for the fireworks finale that featured coordinated flurries from three different locations.
The food – eh, it was free. The beer – eh, it was Coors. But it was free.
The Chicago Urban League is going to court to try to overturn Illinois’ system for funding public schools, saying it violates civil rights protections.
Suburban Democrats are hosting a fundraiser for Barack Obama this Friday that puts a real price on all the Democrats talk.
Tickets to the event will get you into a showing of "Bleacher Bums," a skit comedy at the Arlington Heights Performing Arts Center based on Wrigley Field.
But attendees can get more than a show - they can get a word.
'Hope Supporters' can contribute $500 to land four seats at a table near the front of the stage and a special mention during the show.
'Action Supporters' get one reserved seat and a special mention for $100.
And then the lowly 'Change Supporter' gets just a plain old seat for $50.
-- Daily Herald Senior Writer Joseph Ryan