Here’s a roundup of what Illinois Democrats are doing on Monday, the kick-off day of the virtual Democratic National Convention.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot
11 a.m. — Policy roundtables, hosted by the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee and Business Forward. Agenda for the virtual meeting includes “Protecting the Integrity of the Election,” with Lightfoot, Emily’s List Executive Director Emily Cain and Progressive Turnout Project Executive Director Alex Morgan.
8:30 p.m. estimated time. Lightfoot joins Joe Biden, who accepts the presidential nomination Thursday, to discuss racial justice, “The Path Forward.” The conversation was recorded Aug. 7. Besides Lightfoot, others on the panel include Jamira Burley, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, and author Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, who uttered “I can’t breathe” in 2014 as New York police officers held him in a fatal chokehold while arresting him.
Rep. Lauren Underwood
12 p.m. — Center for American Progress hosts online discussion, “COVID-19 and America’s Health: How Do We Heal?” Underwood will be joined by Ron Klain, the former U.S. Ebola response coordinator, and Harvard Global Health Institute Director Dr Ashish Jha.
3 p.m. (estimated) — Underwood delivers remarks to the Black Caucus.
Democratic Party of Illinois
1 p.m. Press briefing with: Mary Morrissey, executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois; U.S. Rep. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia; Roushaunda Williams, vice president of the Illinois AFL-CIO; and Ed Smith, president and CEO of the insurance company Ullico, a convention sponsor.
6:30 to 8 p.m. — Illinois delegation daily meeting.
Illinois Democrats’ Monday themed event on “Lifting up the American Worker.” Speakers include U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Illinois AFL-CIO president Tim Drea. Weblinks: http://www.ildems.com.
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul
3:00 p.m. — “Meeting the Moment — and the Movement: Democratic Attorneys General, Policing, and Protests.” Participants include Raoul and fellow states’ attorneys general Kathy Jennings (Delaware), Keith Ellison (Minnesota), Aaron Ford (Nevada) and Ellen Rosenblum (Oregon), a graduate of Evanston Township High School and co-chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association.
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