This picture is not as it seems, look at the fine print on the poster.
They kept everyone on the 2nd floor this year instead of outside the chamber.
Sen. Brian Lees, (R- Springfield) opened up the convention and gave an impassioned personal note. He came right out to the Hall to speak to reporters after his opening.
There were a lot of legislators in Nurse's Hall following the convention. It was amazing. People were crowding in on the main floor, up the stairs and up on the balcony.