South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg filled in for former Vice President Joe Biden at a Democratic Party event in Illinois on Thursday.
The annual event, which happens at the state fair, was to feature a keynote address from Biden but he had to decline Tuesday night. He has been ill and his doctors prohibited him from traveling. Buttigieg, who is gaining national attention in the Democratic Party, was greeted with a standing ovation from Illinois Democrats after his remarks.
The Mayor will also speak next month at a Party event in Texas, and has done so in five other states since January.