Politicians and delegates are arriving in Charlotte, N.C. for the Democratic National Convention, and Illinois politicians are no exception.

Gov. Pat Quinn will spend a week in Charlotte, where a speech he will deliver will talk of the importance of job creation, a platform of the current White House. “I think I’m going to talk a lot about jobs and the importance of investing in education and never forgetting everyday people,” he said.

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In 2008, Gov. Rod Blagojevich was kept away from the convention, an unusual situation for the same-party governor of the state that’s home to the nominee for president. Quinn is personally and politically closer to President Obama than Blagojevich was.

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) is also headed to the convention, which he says is a chance to catch up with other Democrats. “It’s an opportunity to work with my fellow Democrats, push thee national platform, work on the policy issues,” Quigley said. “I get the chance to meet and work with all the Democrats across the state of Illinois who are gathered there at the same time.

The convention starts Monday and runs through Thursday.

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