, Illinois
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August 26th - 29th 1996

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Presidential Nominee:
William J. Clinton of Arkansas
Vice Presidential Nominee:
Albert A. Gore, Jr. of Tennessee

1996, marked the first time since 1968, that one of the Democrats conventions was held in Chicago. Nevertheless, the occasion also was a remarkable 25th for the city, while being the 36th for the Democratic Party.In fact, the party held 14 other such gathering in the Windy City since its first convention in 1840. No small feat, especially considering Baltimore and Philadelphia, trailed distantly in the amount with each having accommodated 10 and 9 conventions, respectively. Ultimately, San Antonio, New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles.

Fascinating city history aside, the 32 million nomination event running from August 26th 1996 to August 29th, 1996, occasioned an important quadrennial and a landmark in the election process. Nearly 35,000 participants were expected, including over 10,000 media members. Some prominent speakers included names such as Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Edward Kennedy, Christopher Dodd, Evan Bayh, Hillary Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Mario Cuomo, "Tipper" Gore and Christopher Reeve. One other note to mention is that Hillary Clinton grew up in Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago.

As far as financing, the city of Chicago, in addition to offering hotels for participant use, also offered $32 million to be used toward the convention. They hoped the investment would bring a 100-120 million windfall. Additionally, the occasion was to be held in the United Center, a complex designed to seat upwards of 20,000. The 22 electoral votes wielded by the state of Illinois, didn't hurt in the wooing process either. One unfortunate offering from the city was a sordid history: the tumultuous convention of 1968 was no paragon for unity and peace. Nevertheless, the city was accepted for a new time, one in which "Gestapo tactics" would be relics of the past.

As part of a deal, with the unions, there was a no strike agreement between the convention and participating unions. There was also a allotted percentage of business to be undergone by minority and women-owned firms.

The security was immense. Over 30 private firms and government agencies were involved, with 200 oversees belonging to said agencies. A security perimeter spanning a 4 square block area was designed and this meant several streets were off limits to car and pedestrians. Two protests areas were erected, one in a parking lot, a sizable distance from where delegates and others leave and arrive. Another, located in Grant Park, was quite a bit farther away. Security even held dress rehearsals. This was a far cry from the 6000 national guards and 10,000 police in the election of 1968, also in Chicago, but still formidable measures anyway.

Numbers of the amounts of protesters vary, however, the scene did not resemble the magnitude or infamy of the 1968 convention in the slightest. A few offices were injured and some protesters were arrested, but avoiding arrests completely with such tight knit security and large groups championing passionate issues seems to be an impossibility. A mere optimistic ideal.

William J. Clinton and his vice presidential pick AL Gore, gave their acceptance speeches on the last and penultimate day, respectively. Evan Bayh was delivered the keynote address.


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