The notebook: Random observations from Charlotte
National UAW President Bob King spoke at the Illinois delegation breakfast this morning - a big get. His opener was probably music to Gov. Pat Quinn's ears.
"What a great friend we have in Pat," King said.
That could bolster Quinn's argument that he doesn't have a problem with union voters - just public employee union voters whose pension benefits he's trying to cut.
The speaking schedules for the Illinois delegation have been layered with union officials. Notably absent: Anyone from AFSCME, the state's biggest employees union and the group that booed Quinn through his speech at the Illinois State Fair.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who is also heavily involved in talks to cut pensions for teachers and others, sounded like a teacher himself at many of the crowded delegation breakfasts.
"Please suspend the side conversations," Madigan often reminded the crowd.
The convention is largely about building party unity, a fact on display when Hoffman Estates Democrat Tammy Duckworth's speech to the full gathering of delegates drew a standing ovation.
But a clear reminder that not every Democrat is the same came soon after. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee was announced as the next speaker as the crowd applauded Duckworth.
A man in front of me sat down quickly, stopped clapping, and leaned to tell someone else: "I don't like Lincoln Chafee."