CHICAGO — Top Illinois Democrats gathered on a stage in Fulton Market on Tuesday to try to present a unified front to national party officials considering the bid for the 2024 Chicago presidential convention, masking an escalating battle for Democratic Party control of the state.

Illinois Democratic President Robin Kelly stood next to Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker, who is backing state Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez de Cicero for party leader in a vote scheduled for Saturday, and later admitted that tensions are not a plus in Chicago’s bid for the convention.

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