Chicago is considering making a bid to be the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention. It is the mayor and the city’s marketing arm, Choose Chicago, that are talking about seeking the convention, and state Republican Chairman Jack Dorgan says maybe, but he hasn’t yet heard from the mayor. “If he’s serious, he’s gotta come to us and he’s gotta talk about it because at the end of the day, I’ve got a vote and he doesn’t, so … don’t know. Possible,” he said, adding that Chicago is a great place to have a convention.
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State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) is for it. He says the Republican Party would benefit from exposure in Illinois in general and Chicago in particular. “We need, as a party, to start showing up in places we haven’t been,” he said. Requests for proposals are supposed to go out soon. The last time Chicago bid on conventions was 1996, asking for both parties. Democrats came; Republicans instead went to San Diego. The Republican National Convention has been held in Chicago 14 times, but not since 1960.