CHARLOTTE - Illinois Democrats will star at the DNC Convention in Charlottesville, North Carolina this week, although this year's delegation chairman - IL Democratic Party Chairman and House Speaker for nearly three decades - Mike Madigan - is not scheduled to be at the main podium.
Neither will three other Democrats that were front and center in Denver back in 2008 - imprisoned former Governor Rod Blagojevich, recovering Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr and retired Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.
But faces we've seen before will return to the DNC spotlight in 2012 - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, now-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Democrat challenger for freshman Congressman Joe Walsh's 8th CD seat, Tammy Duckworth.
No other Illinois Democrat Congress members from the President's home state are on the DNC's speaker schedule - not the hoodie-donning Bobby Rush, the power-wielding Madigan stand-in Dan Lipinski, the Leftist amnesty- advocating Luis Gutierrez, the strange Mike Quigley, the Moon-bowing Danny Davis, the Socialist radical Jan Schakowsky, nor the retiring and irrelevant Jerry Costello.