For instance, while Brady will be there, House GOP Leader Jim Durkin says he, at most, will drop by briefly, and suggests that's a long shot. "My focus is supporting state party efforts, especially in the House," he tells me. He adds, "In that part of the world (Florida and North Carolina) there is a return of the virus at dangerous levels. I'll make that decision (whether to attend) as we get closer."
Or state Rep. Brad Stephens, the mayor of Rosemont, who together with his late father, Don Stephens, has been the core of GOP strength on the Northwest Side and nearby areas. Even before COVID, "I had no desire. . . .It is what it is. I'm not a Trump fan, particularly."
But ex-Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider, the state Republican chairman, will be there. "I'm wild about supporting this president," he says. Probably there will be another former Cook commissioner, Liz Gorman, the Orland Township committeeman. But not definitely. "I'm just sitting and watching it play out some," she says. "I have some time."
Not there: Cook County Republican chief Sean Morrison. "I didn't choose to be a delegate. I have plans it would be hard for me to get away from," he tells me. "I decided to leave the spot for other people who would like to be there." I couldn't reach DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. But he's not now listed as a delegate.
On the other hand, Cubs part owner Todd Ricketts, whose team may be playing ball again by August, was selected as an Illinois delegate. As finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, he'd better be.
In the end, it will be a pretty good crew, with some lesser-known folks finally getting their chance, says delegate Lori Yokoyama, the committeeman of Chicago's 4th Ward. COVID-19 fears are overblown, she says. "Absolutely, I'm planning to go."
We'll see how it all turns out. But it sure won't be the way it used to be.