WASHINGTON — Nebraska delegates to next summer’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee can expect quite the daily commute.

They’re staying in a suburban Chicago hotel.

The party recently released the state-by-state hotel assignments for the July 13-16 gathering where Democrats will nominate their challenger to President Donald Trump.

With only so many hotel rooms to go around in Milwaukee itself — and a number of those presumably reserved for major campaign donors — officials opted to house many of the state delegations across the border in Illinois.

Attending a national convention is a unique experience, of course, regardless of where delegates lay their heads at night.

“We’re going to make the best of it,” Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb told The World-Herald. “If it’s your first convention, you’re just thrilled to physically be there.”

Iowa Democrats landed much more convenient lodging — the Hilton Garden Inn at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport, about a 20-minute drive from the downtown convention site.

The Nebraska delegation will be at the Crowne Plaza in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont.

That’s about 80 miles from downtown Milwaukee, or a drive of about an hour and a half, depending on Chicagoland traffic.

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The Nebraskans will have plenty of company making the daily trek — the cluster of Rosemont hotels will also serve the delegations from Texas, Florida, California and other states.

Nebraska Democrats will select the delegates they send to Milwaukee at their state convention June 5 through 7 in Omaha.

Kleeb said some Nebraskans hoping to attend the national convention were excited about recent news of a new direct flight from Omaha to Milwaukee — until they found out that their hotel is actually just next door to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Party officials have pledged to take steps to mitigate the pain for those staying in far-flung hotels, Kleeb said.

That includes making sure that buses that ferry delegates back and forth to the convention site have police escorts and clearance to deposit the delegates right in front of the security gates.

They are also working to get top-level surrogates at the traditional delegation breakfast meetings.

Those sessions could be pushed back to become lunch meetings. That would allow delegates a little more sleep after returning to their hotel late at night.

And there are plans to have a home-away-from-home space inside the security perimeter for those stuck in distant hotels.

That area would include facilities for delegates to freshen up and space for them to hold meetings.

“They’re trying to make some accommodations,” Kleeb said. “Sure, we wish we were in the heart of it.”

Hotel assignments are always a tricky business at the every-four-years party conventions. The choicest spots tend to go to larger swing states or to the home state of the nominee.

It’s worth noting a few of the state delegations to land plum hotels in downtown Milwaukee: former Vice President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Massachusetts and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Vermont.

At the last convention in Philadelphia, Nebraska Democrats actually ended up in a nice — and pricey — hotel in the heart of the city.

One consolation of staying so far from the action in 2020 — the nightly room rate will be a lot lower.

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Joseph Morton is The World-Herald Washington Bureau Chief. Morton joined The World-Herald in 1999 and has been reporting from Washington for the newspaper since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @MortonOWH. Email:joseph.morton@owh.com

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