January 12, 1998 in Nation/World

Chicago Seeking To Host Next Republican Convention

Compiled From Wire Services

The city where Democratic Party loyalty is all but an official religion has served notice that it is willing - and even eager - to engage in political heresy for exactly one week in 2000.

Chicago wants to be the site of the Republican National Convention that year, and it is not pursuing the Democrats’ convention any longer.

Democrats in Washington were informed of the decision in a letter from city officials, said Lawrence Gorski, director of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Office for People with Disabilities.

Chicago now will focus on luring the Republicans and already has shown why this city would make an excellent choice, Gorski said Sunday.

“We did a very fine job when we had the Democratic National Convention here two years ago,” he said.

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