By Julia Beckman, State Central Committeewoman for the 11thCD

Can you believe it?  We’ve been waiting all year for the convention and now it’s happening next week!  Of course, the big news is Biden’s pick for VP.  His choice is the final piece in the convention puzzle.  Kamala Harris will be a strong addition to the ticket.  I’ve heard nothing but enthusiasm about her – she’s tough, principled and experienced.  As for the convention, I’ve found the latest updates to events for the Illinois delegation on the new DPI website.  Keep in mind that the daily caucus meetings will not be live streamed or telecast.  But here are all the other events you can access:

Each day of the convention the Illinois delegation will participate in virtual caucus and council meetings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The full delegation will gather for the following events before national DNC programming begins at 8 p.m. The Democratic Party of Illinois will also maintain an open Zoom channel each night from 8 – 10 p.m. for the delegation and other Illinois Democrats to watch the national convention programming together. All events will be livestreamed on

The Illinois delegation DNC program:

  • Sunday, Aug. 16 – Welcome Reception 4:30 – 6 p.m. *Open to Illinois delegates and sponsors only (not available on BlueRoomStream)
  • Monday, Aug. 17 – Lifting up the American Worker 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Illinois Women Leaders. Women’s Rights. 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 –Fighting for Economic and Racial Justice 6:30 – 8 p.m. *Roll call of the states (TBD)
  • Thursday, Aug. 20 – This is it. 2020 Call to Action. 6:30 – 8 p.m. 

I’m sure you will all want to be “in the room where it happens” every day of the event.  The 8 to10pm times will be filled by great speeches, voting on the platform and Democratic policy.  Space doesn’t allow me to name all the speakers each night, but they range from working people sharing their struggles with COVID 19 to senators including Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, heroes including Michelle Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.  Check the DNC Convention website,  for full list and times of speeches.  Highlights will of course be the acceptance speeches – Wednesday night with Kamala Harris and Thursday with Joe Biden. 

Even though we’ll be there virtually, we can still feel the spirit and accept the CALL TO ACTION!  Now the real work begins!