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Bears and cheeseheads at the Florida convention

“Unfortunately, he’s a Packer fan. And I felt that we needed a little bit of balance today,” said one Illinois delegate displaying a Chicago jersey.

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Illinois Republicans have mostly high praise for Wisconsin Congressman and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, who spoke Wedenesday night at the Republican National Convention in Florida.

But Ryan also brought out some regional rivalries.

Illinois delegate Dan Peterson, from the northern suburbs of Chicago, was wearing one of the only signs of party disunity. Peterson wore a jersey that had the Chicago Bulls on the front proudly displaying his opposition to Ryan’s favorite team.

“Unfortunately, he’s a Packer fan. And I felt that we needed a little bit of balance today.”

Peterson is a delegate for Mitt Romney, and said he liked Paul Ryan’s reputation as a federal budget expert.

Also showing off his sports regalia while a line of reporters waited to interview him, was Sol Grosskopf. He is a Wisconsin delegate, who sat in the front row wearing a foam cheesehead.

“You know, it’s great to be among the Cheesehead Revolution right now, with Scott Walker, Reince Priebus and Paul Ryan,” Grosskpof said.

Delegates will hear from GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney Thursday night.

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