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Sen. Tammy Duckworth keynotes Democratic convention Thursday night

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Valerie Jarrett and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker are among those addressing the Illinois delegation on Thursday.

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., delivers a keynote address Thursday at the final night of the Democratic National Convention.
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth delivers a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, speaking before Joe Biden accepts the Democratic presidential nomination.

Duckworth was on Biden’s shortlist to be his vice presidential pick. At the 2008 Democratic convention, Duckworth introduced Biden’s late son Beau before he spoke.

On the Illinois front, the Democratic Party of Illinois will have a press briefing. The participants are Mary Morrissey, executive director, Democratic Party of Illinois; Rep. Danny Davis; and Arielle Maffei, president, Young Democrats of Illinois.

Thursday is the last day of the convention and the final Illinois delegation meeting running from 6:30 to 8 p.m, wrapping up when the convention session starts.

Among Thursday’s speakers (subject to change):

Chairman Mike Madigan

Ed Neaves, president, Illinois Realtors Association

Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett

Sen. Dick Durbin

Sen. Cory Booker, New Jersey

Gov. J.B. Pritzker

Rep. Lauren Underwood

Democratic House nominee Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

Clem Balanoff, Illinois Bernie Sanders campaign

Kristina Zahorik, president of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association

Arielle Maffei, president of the Young Democrats of Illinois

Mayor Lori Lightfoot convention schedule

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Poverty Council Meeting

Program participants : MLL; Councilman Kevin de Leon (CA); Susie Shannon (Chair of Poverty Caucus); Mayor Lightfoot

Mayor Lightfoot estimated hit time: 12:07pm

Expected to discuss affordable housing and homelessness.


6:30 pm - Victory Institute — Voices of Victory

Mayor Lightfoot prerecorded remarks on COVID and the LGBTQ community and also will be part of a montage of speakers reciting a speech by Harvey Milk.