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City still owed $1.7M for Obama rally

February 20, 2009 12:23:11 PM PST
The cost of President Barack Obama's Election Day celebration in Grant Park totaled more than $1.7 million, and the city has yet to be paid. The Office of Budget and Management says the city is reaching out to the Democratic National Committee to get the money. A DNC spokesperson said the party is still looking at various costs and bills.

In October, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said the cash-flush Obama campaign would reimburse the city for the total cost of the rally.

The bulk of the cost of rally -- $1 million -- was racked up the Chicago Police Department. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications racked up more than $120,000 in expenses.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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