Dems in Illinois rally against Gov. Rauner, ready to win big in November

PHILADELPHIA – On the last day of the Democratic National Convention, Illinois delegates awoke early to attend a breakfast that featured speakers such as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Each spoke about how important it is for delegates to ensure the people in their hometowns come out to vote.

“We have to work on three things when we all go home: turn out, turn out and turn out,” Schakowsky said.

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The once fractured Democrats rally at DNC to unite against Trump

Dems united against Trump, ready to bring it home

Now that Hillary Clinton has clinched the nomination, Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention focused on moving forward and maintaining unity against the Republicans. On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Convention Center hosted traditional Democratic caucuses such as the Black Caucus, the Hispanic Caucus, the Small Business Council and a Disabilities Council, among others.

Taylor Schwartz is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureau in Philadelphia for Belleville News-Democrat.

Not all Illinois delegates are pleased with Sanders supporters’ attitude

Illinois delegate: Sanders supporters have selfish attitude

Kicking off Day Two of the Democratic National Convention, the largest caucus of the week, the Women’s Caucus, featured guest speakers such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, interim Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile, and actress Eva Longoria at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Taylor Schwartz is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureau in Philadelphia for Belleville News-Democrat.

After DNC, Kansas Democrats begin to prepare for elections against Republicans back home

Democratic delegates to head home, campaign in a Republican state

For four delegates wrapping up their time at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the work and campaigning is just beginning. Delegates Amber Versola of Lenexa, Paul McCorkle of Olathe, Rick Cortez of Topeka and Gabriel Costilla of Derby will all return home this weekend and resume their campaigns for state Legislature.

Paige Gross is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureau in Philadelphia for The Wichita Eagle.

Democrats from Kansas watch as Clinton accepts party nomination

Kansas Democrats witness Clinton nomination as ‘extraordinary experience’

Kansas Democratic Party Chair Lee Kinch saw history being made eight years ago when Barack Obama became the first African-American nominee for president. He witnessed history again Thursday night when Hillary Clinton walked onstage as the first female nominee of a major party.

Paige Gross is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureau in Philadelphia for The Wichita Eagle.

Vermont woman unable to sit with delegation because of disability

Vermonter says ADA accommodations at Democratic National Convention were inadequate | VTDigger

PHILADELPHIA – Vermont delegate Maria Rinaldi said she was unable to sit with the Vermont delegation at the Wells Fargo Center Monday night because of her disability. “I was really surprised to learn that Vermont was not in an accessible area, and so on the first night, I was forced to sit isolated in the ADA section,” Rinaldi said.

Liora Engel-Smith is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureau in Philadelphia for VTDigger.

An emotional roller coaster ride for Sanders delegates from Vermont

Vermont Sanders delegates reluctantly accept Clinton | VTDigger

The four-day Democratic National Convention, which focused on party unity, did not completely succeed in bringing Vermont’s delegates into the fold. Many still cling to Bernie Sanders’ revolution and remain reluctant to vote for the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. Jo Sabel Courtney, a first-time pledged delegate from Stowe, said the convention has been “an emotional journey.”

Liora Engel-Smith is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureau in Philadelphia for VTDigger.