Democrats unwind at national convention after parties

Democrats unwind at national convention after parties

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Rep. Luis Gutierrez and former Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan will speak at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, preceding former president Bill Clinton.

President Obama will also make a speech as he accepts the nomination for the Democratic Party's candidate for President of the United States.

But the president will be speaking in a different venue than organizers originally planned, because they're worried about the weather.

Although his speech is called an "acceptance speech," gone are the years when party conventions actually chose the nominee. That deal is done before opening day in modern presidential politics, leaving more time for another tradition.

FOX Chicago News has your invitation to an after party that feels a lot like home.

Call it networking or team-building - but after a full evening of speeches and applause, delegates hit the streets and the suites with a full slate of after-party choices.

It's a time-honored tradition.

Retired Illinois Senate President Emil Jones has been to about 15 DNC's, but he said the convention in Charlotte, N.C. has been the greatest yet.

Jones has been retired for years. Maybe that's why he let FOX Chicago tag along where TV cameras aren't usually welcome.

He (and we) attended 13th district State Senator Kwame Raoul's party. The senator was very good natured about it.

The parties are a private time for pols, delegates, supporters, candidates to unwind. Its not really a secret, just not really a photo opportunity, maybe because of the cocktail-ing, probably because of the dancing.

But there is some showing off of the native fruits from respective regions. So naturally this Illinois party included Chicago style hot dogs - which we were free to investigate - as well as world famous Garrett Popcorn's Chicago mix.

Beyond that, the real after partying probably starts after the cameras are gone.

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