Illinois Dems make wish list for Obama if he wins

September 4, 2012

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(WBEZ/Tony Arnold)
Signs are laid out on chairs ahead of the Illinois delegation's breakfast Tuesday morning in Charlotte.

Illinois Democrats in Charlotte, N.C. are making a wish list for what they’d like to see out of a second term in the White House for President Obama.

It’s not that they are taking the presidential election for granted, but officials here are already bringing up many issues they want put in place if a like-minded Democrat keeps the White House.

"If we really want to jumpstart us and get us out of this quagmire, it has to be based on a solid infrastructure bill," said U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, who represents Chicago's North Side.

"I think we need to invest more in our young people and one of those things we need to do is make it easier for kids to go to college or to trade school," said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

"One of the issues I'm very concerned about and I think (Obama) is as well is the challenge of moving people out of poverty and into the middle class," said Chicago Alderman Will Burns.

Those three officials won’t get a chance to advocate for their issues on center stage at the national convention this week, but others from Illinois will.

Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth all get their chance to take the microphone later Tuesday evening at the Democratic National Convention.