Democrats Finalize Deal With Chicago on ’96 Convention Site

<i> Associated Press</i>

After weeks of haggling over contract details, the Democratic National Committee and Chicago have closed a $32.1-million deal for the city to be the site of the party’s 1996 presidential nominating convention.

DNC Chairman David Wilhelm is to make the announcement today in Chicago with Mayor Richard M. Daley, the committee announced Wednesday. It will be the first time Chicago has been host to a national political convention since 1968, when the Democratic gathering was marred by violent protests against the Vietnam War.

Democratic officials had earlier settled on Chicago as their preference but have been negotiating with the city over unresolved issues, such as making sure enough space was available to house the convention.