Illinois Delegates stand up and speak out at DNC

By WEEK Reporter

September 4, 2012 Updated Sep 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM CDT

CHAROLETTE, NC. -- Governor Pat Quinn was tapped to go on the attack at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday.

The Illinois Democratic party leadership are charged with re-invigorating the party faithful and creating new converts to President Obama's re-election campaign.

"I am up and I am fired up and I'm ready to go"

Normally, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is not seen shouting, but her job at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday was rally the troops of the Illinois delegation.

Madigan accused Republicans of being reluctant to reach across the aisle and work with Democrats to save the economy.

"Our American economy did not have to crash," Madigan said.

Democrat John Cullerton rejected GOP claims the US economy is stagnate, pointing to the stock market four years ago.

"The stock market was at six thousand. Now it's more than doubled, more than 13-thousand," Cullerton.

That kind of talk may been needed, after a new report today indicated factory activity was down for a third straight month and construction spending was way down in July.

However, vehicle sales are up. For example, Chrysler sold a total of more than 148,000 vehicles in August.

"In 2009, in the Chrysler plant in Belvidere, Illinois there were 200 employees. Today, after President Obama saved the U-S Auto industry there are four thousand American workers producing cars there," said Gov. Pat Quinn.

Like the GOP convention, the Democrats will put on a tightly controlled show to promote support and enthusiasm, but one delegate says it's the work in the battleground states where President Obama could win re-election.

"Obama is up in the battleground states, the economy is better in the battleground states and I think that bodes well for us," said Will Burns, Illinois DNC Delegate.

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