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|No Obama Rally Ticket? Chicago Says You May Not Want to Go; E-Mail Us Here if You Are Going
|If you were one of the roughly 60,000 to receive a ticket to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's election night rally, you are welcome into Chicago's Hutchinson Field, located in Grant Park along the shore of Lake Michigan, where the rally is set to take place. For anyone else who wants to go, it's an unclear situation.
Officials with Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications say they are still working out the arrangements for Tuesday night's event. It's unclear if the rest of Grant Park will be open to those without tickets, and if so, if restroom facilities and sound systems carrying Obama's speech will be made available. The final decision is expected when the OEMC meets again Monday. For now, those who don't have tickets are being urged to stay home and watch the event on TV.
Meanwhile, Chicago Police and Fire Department officials say they are ready for a large crowd, tickets or not. Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis says his department has been working with the CIA, FBI and other agencies to assure that Obama and the crowd will be in safe hands come Tuesday night.
"All sworn members of the Chicago Police Department will be required to work and days off have been canceled," Weis said.
Traffic along Lake Shore Drive and several other main roads will be shut down the night of the event, and underground parking lots at Grant Park will be closed. Officials are urging the public to use public transportation to make their way to and from the event. (Illinois Radio Network)
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