The Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday, with the Illinois delegation again pulling for a home-state candidate for president.

The Illinois delegation bubbled with excitement when Barack Obama was nominated four years ago. Now, says Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, a super delegate, the thrill is gone.

 “I don’t think we’ll have quite that electricity on our side, but we have an incumbent president who has been doing what I see as incredible work in very challenging times, and I’m proud to be supporting him for re-election,” she said.

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Simon says the convention is odd because many members of the Illinois delegation in Charlotte know the president personally from before he was anything. She says many of the president’s Illinois supporters will be traveling to nearby swing states to campaign.

Simon says she will have a yard sign for Obama in front of her home in Carbondale, and she expects many Illinois supporters to have yard signs and bumper stickers, even though Illinois is not a swing state.

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