Cleveland ready for Republican National Convention

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CLEVELAND — With a day left before the official start of the Republican National Convention, security in downtown Cleveland appears ready for the thousands of political delegates and news media heading to the city.

Vehicle and pedestrian traffic began thickening Saturday on the city's main thoroughfares, and traversing downtown has become a challenge.

Barricades staffed by Ohio National Guard members are blocking or restricting a number of streets surrounding police headquarters and the Cleveland Convention Center.

The hardened security perimeter under control of the U.S. Secret Service around the convention venue, Quicken Loans Arena, also is in place.

What will happen outside the convention hall starting Monday, the first day of the four-day convention, is uncertain.

But Cleveland's mayor and police chief say the city is prepared for all sorts of situations.

The Illinois delegation arrives in Cleveland Sunday.

Notable names are missing from the list.

Governor Bruce Rauner, Senator Mark Kirk and Congressman Bob Dold are sitting this year's convention out.

Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Peter Roskam will attend, along with Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider.  So will former state GOP Chairmen Pat Brady and Jack Dorgan. 


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