Illinois Republicans seek party unity at convention

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CLEVELAND -- What happened in Louisiana today sent a ripple through Cleveland. The local police union making a request to temporarily ban Ohio’s open carry law outside the convention.

WGN found the arriving Illinois delegation not as gung-ho as in conventions past, more just determined to show party unity with their presence after so many powerhouses decided not to come.

At the Illinois delegation hotel, it was an easy in, easy on your way welcome from Illinois State Republican Party chair Tim Schneider. What awaits the delegates are the potential for 5,000 protesters in designated areas of Cleveland. The city appears ready for makeshift water fountains hooked up to fire hydrants and designated fenced off bus and shuttle lanes to and from the arena.

Back at the Illinois delegate hotel, greetings came in the form of bags of swag, including one from the candidate.

One Springfield alternate delegate backed Trump from the get-go, but found the candidate a hard sell in mostly moderate Illinois. He says Donald Trump's law and order message should resonate this week given the goings on in the world, including Baton Rouge this morning.

What will be of interest to all is how law and order plays out here in Cleveland in the days and nights to come.


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