With Tampa now under a tropical storm warning, Illinois delegates trickled in Sunday ahead of Tropical Storm Issac's expected arrival -- with the state GOP chief vowing the day's slate of delegate functions would go on as planned.
"Our first concern as always is the safety of our delegates, guests, and members of the media. We can continue to hold Illinois events because all of our delegates and guests are staying at the same facility where events will be held, state party head Pat Brady said in a prepared statement.
The 350 or so Illinois delegates, alternates, family members and guests all are at the Sheraton Sand Keys hotel in Clearwater, which is accessible by causeways that could close in the event of high winds.
Besides getting settled, the day's biggest event is a welcome reception Sunday evening.
"Official RNC convention business scheduled for Monday has been postponed until Tuesday TBD. Sunday's welcome reception for Illinois delegates and guests will continue as planned. All other Illinois events will continue as scheduled," Brady said.