Reporting in this story from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky
Illinois delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa got a pep talk yesterday from US House Speaker John Boehner. He says Illinois is key to the GOP maintaining its House majority.
Illinois Republicans made gains in Congress two years ago, winning enough seats that more Republicans than Democrats now represent Illinois in Washington. It's the opposite in Springfield, where Democrats outnumber Republicans in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.
Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 5:38 am
If you missed some of Wednesday's action at the Republican National Convention, when Rep. Paul Ryan accepted his party's vice presidential nomination, we were live blogging here and you can always read through it to see how the day and evening went.
But if you'd like to save some time, here are five things that struck us:
Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan waves with his family Wednesday at the GOP convention in Tampa. Also on stage: his daughter Liza, sons Charlie and Sam Ryan, wife Janna and mother Elizabeth.
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The scene inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the GOP convention Wednesday night.
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Romney campagin pins are on display for sale in the GOP gift shop at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Hello from Tampa, where tonight Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin accepted the Republican Party's vice presidential nomination and told the nation that if he joins Mitt Romney in the White House they will work to solve the nation's problems, not blame them on others.
"We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead," he said. "We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles."