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Originally posted: October 23, 2008

Daley puts Obama rally tab at $2 million

Posted by Dan Mihalopoulos at 12:22 p.m.

Mayor Richard Daley put the tab at $2 million today for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's Grant Park rally on election night.

Obama's campaign is footing the bill.

Noting the city's budget shortfall and planned layoffs of city workers, Daley said, "In this financial crisis, the city of Chicago could not afford $2 million on this."

Daley said he would have preferred that the event were held indoors at the United Center, but he yielded to the Obama campaign's wishes.

"Could you see me saying no to Sen. Obama?" Daley told reporters today. "Give me a break. I'm not that dumb."

Daley said he plans to attend the event.

City emergency officials will outline details at a news conference today.

"Yeah, it's costly but they raised quite a bit of money in the campaign," Daley said.

The Obama rally reaction came as Daley attended an event where Baxter International Inc. promised to donate $5 million for science programs at Chicago Public Schools.

Lindblom Math and Science Academy will get $2 million for a biotechnology center. Another $2 million is earmarked for increasing teacher training in biology, chemistry and physics, with the remaining $1 million helping to launch two new schools under Daley's Renaissance 2010 initiative. Private donations to the program have reached $48 million, officials said.

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Posted by: Jethro | Oct 24, 2008 8:34:55 AM

Sounds like a lot but think about it. It's a massive celebration for the hundreds of thousands people, the majority of them, middle-class, working class people, who have worked endlessly and tirelessly for more than a year and a half for a cause, for a man, who has the hope in his heart and hopefully the tools he will need to put us back on track. It's for the people, not him. They deserve a celebration-whatever the outcome.

Posted by: pk | Oct 24, 2008 7:34:04 AM

Obama, his wife and his followers have to be one of the most egotistical and grandiose group of people since the time of the Roman Emperor.

Posted by: Rosemary | Oct 24, 2008 7:28:46 AM

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Let's hope for a nice November gale to blow in off the lake and rain on all those dewy-eyed dopes. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

People may remember that SOME evangelical Christians thought they would use up a few of their prayers asking God to rain on Obama's acceptance speech in Denver.

How did that work out?

Posted by: John Haag | Oct 24, 2008 6:18:26 AM

>>>>>>>>>> Are they paying the $2M in food stamps since Democrats like to hand everything out? Seriously, when he takes over, what's the point of having a job? Let's redistribute wealth. Great idea. At least he can't vote present anymore. <<<<<<<<<<

Seriously, dude. How do you get through the day with so much hatred in your heart?

Posted by: John Haag | Oct 24, 2008 6:15:37 AM

I live in Columbus, Ohio and bring home less than $30,000 a year. I have given over $1000 to the Obama campaign and I don't think ANYONE has the right to criticize what senator Obama does with his donation except the FEC and his supporters. PERIOD.

Me and my partner have a room at the Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown on Ohio Street on the evening of 11/4. We are voting early here in Ohio and will be driving to Chicago that morning. See you at Grant Park!

Woo Hoo!

Posted by: John Haag | Oct 24, 2008 6:13:40 AM

Daley is obama
Obama is daley.

Looks to me like he is trying for seperation.

Good Cop Bad Cop if you will.

They are joined at the hip.

The highest TAXES in the country ! ! ! ! ! !

Posted by: BugsyDaley | Oct 24, 2008 4:46:47 AM


Posted by: NOONEY | Oct 24, 2008 12:54:58 AM

What Dailey meant by "could you see me saying no to Obama" was I will be going to him in the whitehouse for tons of favors."

Posted by: RFBelieve it or not | Oct 23, 2008 1:04:42 PM

What, like calling off the Justice Dept? Thanks, Obama!

Posted by: dude | Oct 24, 2008 12:15:55 AM

As the economy struggles, Obaaama keeps spending and spending!!

.....Our leadership in Illinois.....all Democrats.

Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago.

Of course, they're all blaming each other.

Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!

State pension fund $44 Billion in debt, worst in country.

Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25% highest in country. (Look 'em up if you want).
Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country.

Posted by: Kraig | Oct 23, 2008 11:00:45 PM

Not a good idea. Let us not forget taste of Chicago this summer. How many came back saying never again because of the awful behavior. This is a town that has shootings of little children on a regular basis with no regard for human life. Mayor Daley was right that a smaller venue with more control would be more reasonable. I guess his common sense has been overuled.

Posted by: Lynn | Oct 23, 2008 10:25:37 PM

I'm not voting for Obama and certainly hope he loses big time, but I can't see why people have a problem with this event. His campaign is footing the bill, after all.

I wish good weather for all, but am still hoping for a McCain victory.

Posted by: Danaidh | Oct 23, 2008 10:07:00 PM

it's okay for the republicans to spend 150,000 dollars on shoes and make-up, but when it comes the working class people finally celebrating one of their own, it is suddenly a crime...

my wife and I have donated to the Obama campaign, we hope to be there to show our support no matter what and we all deserve this and approve this.

"its our money and that's how we want to spend it", you don't like it? then i suggest you dont come there and instead send your contributions to the republicans so sarah palin can buy another 500 dollar purse for her 7 years old daughter.

Posted by: Joe the plague | Oct 23, 2008 7:15:01 PM

I dont live in the grand city of Chicago but I've already made arrangements to fly in for this once in a lifetime experience. I wouldnt miss it. God bless America.

Posted by: D.R. | Oct 23, 2008 6:54:06 PM

Two Million Dollars, for a politicial event.

Cash in advance please
Think of it as a pro sports championship, win or loose there will be riots in the streets
And last one there gets the check

Posted by: Scot | Oct 23, 2008 6:48:04 PM

Gee... where's all the love? I have been told EVERYBODY (except me) in Illinois loved Obama and were all voting for him. Obama will be the next president. 700 million plus has pretty much guaranteed his win. Goes to show, if you have enough money... you can buy anything. Saul Alinsky would be so proud and thrilled to finally see his plan come into it's full glory.

Posted by: Ann | Oct 23, 2008 6:36:21 PM

Keep in mind that this is an event, NOT just for Obama. It's for the people who support him. By the way, those supporters are a clear majority of Chicago residents so you people who don't agree with his request to hold an event in Grant Park....don't come. We won't miss you. You can stay home and whine and complain about how your taxes are going to go up even though you only make $45 grand and your taxes will actually go down. Your standard of living will go up and our country will get its honor back under Obama. McCain is an unstable, old, kook who has made bad decision after bad decision and it's amazing to me that ANYBODY still supports him. You really have to suspend your logic.

Posted by: Jerry | Oct 23, 2008 6:29:30 PM

"$150,000,000 in one month, a $2,000,000 election night bash, and the Democrats "connect" with the working folks?"

Guess where the overwhelming majority of that money has come from? THE WORKING FOLKS.

Posted by: Randy Brown | Oct 23, 2008 6:07:38 PM

When Obama WINS the city of Chicago will have a great venue to host the celebration. NO ONE beats the Chicago skyline...

Posted by: Maximillion | Oct 23, 2008 5:23:27 PM

Are they paying the $2M in food stamps since Democrats like to hand everything out? Seriously, when he takes over, what's the point of having a job? Let's redistribute wealth. Great idea. At least he can't vote present anymore.

Posted by: Scott | Oct 23, 2008 5:18:46 PM

Happiness would be Obama losing the election and listening to his hope and change concession speech.

Posted by: Martin | Oct 23, 2008 4:52:21 PM

It'll cost $2 million for the event if he wins and probably $20 million if he losses. Not since April 4, 1968 was this city turned upside down to the likes of Obama have to concede.

whether you vote for him or not, do yourself a favor and stay home and stay safe.

Posted by: MikeZ | Oct 23, 2008 4:35:03 PM

Hopefully he's not jinxing his campaign with this. I've always been a firm believer in "Don't count your chicken until the eggs hatch".

"Don't let news of your victory party out until you've won !!"

Posted by: CP | Oct 23, 2008 4:06:23 PM

"Good place for Obama to be when he concedes defeat. Outdoors"

I'm Barack Obama and I approve of this message.

Posted by: Batboy | Oct 23, 2008 4:06:21 PM

I used to like Daley, yet I always thought he was mentality challenged to a certain extent. Now he's proven it to everyone. What if Obama loses? Don't say it won't happen, so what "if"??? We all can expect all Hell to break loose. Uncontrolled mobs rioting in the streets and a lot of unsensible death. This is why we conservatives will never turn in our firearms. There will be no order - just mad and beyond reasonable chaos. REAL SMART IDEA!!!

Posted by: t-bone | Oct 23, 2008 3:55:36 PM

Defeat? not what the polls are showing!!!

Posted by: rob | Oct 23, 2008 3:31:19 PM

Win or lose, at least we will know where the riot will originate from.

Posted by: Kathleen | Oct 23, 2008 3:26:31 PM

If Obama was a real change candidate he would donate the two million to CPS and have a quiet election night dinner with Oprah.

Posted by: Jeff from Crook County | Oct 23, 2008 3:20:25 PM

Obama campaign pays for most of the event, but not all. Even WGN radio news reported that the city of Chicago tax payers will foot the bill for for items such as street closures, crowd control, motorcade, and overtime for police. I thought the article would talk about this.

Posted by: caveat emptor | Oct 23, 2008 3:19:41 PM

I think it's great. Either way, win or lose, this is a historic election. Obama, as the first ever African American to win a nomination, should address his followers when the election is over. The 2 million dollar price tag covers the cost. Have you ever seen what it costs to clean-up after the Taste of Chicago? Or what it costs to clean-up Time Square on New Year's Day? $2 million is not an extravagant amount of money.

Posted by: Sue | Oct 23, 2008 3:16:51 PM

When & where do I get tickets?

Posted by: Craig | Oct 23, 2008 3:16:49 PM

The next four years should be interesting, no matter who wins. I'm just wondering if President Bush will stage something, so he can declare martial law and stay in power.

Posted by: Mick | Oct 23, 2008 3:08:31 PM

@ MR.

No it doesn't negate the significance of a $5M donation to CPS. And thanks Baxter International. Nice.

But DailyLie doesn't hold a press conference or attend any event that doesn't put him in a good light, to begin with, unless an indictment has come down, and then only to first, defend the indicted as a great family man, and then in subsequent press conferences to throw them under the bus.

So the only way to actually ask him a question about anything is to attend one of his photo-ops.

That is called reporting.

By the way, did you hear about his "apology" today for the systemic police torture and coerced confessions that he prosecuted, and has forced Chicagoans to foot an almost $30M bill for, paying out lawsuits and providing "free" legal defense for Burge, while not lifting even a pinky ring finger to investigate, when his future Mayoral opponent asked him to look into it?

If you can't recall, don't feel bad. Neither does DailyLie recall anything negative. But he can quote and cite every negative piece written about him, when a reporter asks him a "tough" question about corruption under DailyLie's watch.

Posted by: John Elert | Oct 23, 2008 2:56:14 PM

Yea, and Millennium Park wasn't going to cost the city anything in maintenance either.......

Posted by: 007 | Oct 23, 2008 2:53:25 PM

Way to spread the wealth, Barry.

Posted by: jeff | Oct 23, 2008 2:45:15 PM

Grant Park should be easy for Bill Ayers to find, too.

Posted by: JC | Oct 23, 2008 2:44:26 PM

Penny, The GOP is not dead. America is still middle with a slight leaning to the right when it comes to politics. The GOP will get its ship right. If it does not then another party will step in an take it's place. To many Americans will demand it.

Posted by: ChiliMac | Oct 23, 2008 2:36:29 PM

Have Blago and Stroger help with the cleanup. It's a perfect opportunity for them to finally provide some service to the highest tax paying citizens in the U.S.

Posted by: Hammer | Oct 23, 2008 2:09:42 PM

By contrast, the McCain-Palin victory rally with its law-abiding voters will require one retired cop and a crossing guard. Have fun at the Obama rally-riot everyone.

Posted by: Derrick | Oct 23, 2008 2:07:07 PM

Interesting that Obama can raise so many millions of dollars from 'main street' is it not. Hmmmm. If all the millions that went to his campaign could have been some of that re-distributed wealth........well.......the possibilities are endless.

Posted by: Sandra D | Oct 23, 2008 2:06:02 PM

I was at Grant Park in 1968.

I think Obama's rally will be a reprise of that right down to the tear gas, the police brutality, and, of course, the looting and vandalism of the city itself.

Admittedly this will be on a far grander scale than 1968. This is the Messiah we are talking about after all.

As to the $2M estimate of the cost. Give me a break. This is going into the $10's of millions before the night is over. Maybe more.

This event will define the Obama legacy even before he's sworn in.

Posted by: John Birch | Oct 23, 2008 1:58:11 PM


What planet are you on. Obama's margin of victory will be the largest of your lifetime. McCain can head straight to the old folks home where Cindy will visit him on his birthdays. Palin might make it back to AK in time for moose season.

Posted by: Reality | Oct 23, 2008 1:57:48 PM

so will ordinary peolpe be able to attend this event?

Posted by: NATALIA | Oct 23, 2008 1:50:51 PM

Can't wait! Going to be a wonderful evening! I'm thinking McCain will concede around 9:30 PM Central! Many folks are already taking the 5th off. I will too! See you there!

Posted by: ChicagoCraig | Oct 23, 2008 1:30:08 PM

This entire city should be excited. But some arent. I guess the Southside will have to show you guys how and when to party. The rest of you guys can watch us on the news and wait for the Cubs to win.

Posted by: Southsider | Oct 23, 2008 1:27:19 PM

And they had the nerve to spend $150,000 on Palin's wardrobe. Shame on the GOP!

Posted by: BDD | Oct 23, 2008 1:25:16 PM

Can't think of a better place for all the Obama drones wallow in the misery of an Obama defeat.

Posted by: Darryn | Oct 23, 2008 1:24:01 PM

Yeah when he loses the riot can start right from Grant Park !

Posted by: Tony | Oct 23, 2008 1:21:17 PM

$150,000,000 in one month, a $2,000,000 election night bash, and the Democrats "connect" with the working folks? Maybe the working folks in Beverly Hills, but not where I live.

Posted by: Ken | Oct 23, 2008 1:17:10 PM

So, in Daley dollars the real cost will be somewhere upwards of $5 Million. Whenever Daley puts a price tag on anything, you automatically adjust to 250% on the cost overruns, union overtime, political payoffs, relatives added to the payroll, and fellow dems family members being hired to to make things like special signs, special security detail, etc.

Apparently the Joliet Police Department has already been asked to send officers in swat gear, similar to what happed in Minneapolis and Denver for the convention crowd control. Who is going to stay behind and control the celebrations in Joliet?

Does anyone else think that this event could turn out to be an uncontrollable disaster?

Posted by: JolietJay | Oct 23, 2008 1:16:36 PM

John, everyone will have to chance to get away from the riots when they start. One way or another there will be riots.

Posted by: RFBelieve it or not | Oct 23, 2008 1:07:03 PM

Wow that really outspends the cost of Palin's wardrobe. And it is all out of the campaign money, just like Palin's cloths. And he can't even donate the leftovers to charity.

What Dailey meant by "could you see me saying no to Obama" was I will be going to him in the whitehouse for tons of favors."

Posted by: RFBelieve it or not | Oct 23, 2008 1:04:42 PM

Dear Penny -

The GOP is only temporarily toasted. After America gets a nice taste of the next four years of unchecked Dumbocratic policies, the grown-ups will be invited back into the tent to fix the mess you kids will make.

Oh, and MY investment portfolio is doing great. Better, I suspect than yours. I went to all cash in July anticipating the unmitigated disaster of an Obama win.


Posted by: bill | Oct 23, 2008 1:03:26 PM

penny writes, "Indoor or outdoor celebration, Barack will win with a land slide. The GOP is done. How's your investment portfolio holding out JOhn?"

Don't get cocky. We both support the same candidate, but it's hard to say that this is a lock just yet. Remember, as Chicagoans we should be used to our team having its heart broken.

Posted by: MK | Oct 23, 2008 1:00:01 PM

Let's hope for a nice November gale to blow in off the lake and rain on all those dewy-eyed dopes.

Posted by: bill | Oct 23, 2008 12:56:49 PM

Indoor or outdoor celebration, Barack will win with a land slide. The GOP is done. How's your investment portfolio holding out JOhn?

Posted by: penny | Oct 23, 2008 12:51:24 PM

I'll pay for it if I can have all the beer and tee-shirt vending contracts.

Posted by: Jim Duffy | Oct 23, 2008 12:49:40 PM

Ha. You wish, John

Posted by: mike | Oct 23, 2008 12:46:32 PM

I find it immensely annoying that the Trib consistently tacks on to the end of a story the ACTUAL point of news conferences. $5 million for education? That's a positive bit of news just tossed in as an, "Oh, by the way...." I understand that inflammatory headlines bring readers, but how does this negate the importance of a significant contribution to CPS?

Posted by: MR | Oct 23, 2008 12:42:07 PM

Ooops sorry didn't see the part where Obama is footing the bill, Daley you are still a waste of life .

Posted by: David L Crabtrey | Oct 23, 2008 12:41:26 PM

Obama raised $150,000,000 in September alone. The cost of the rally in Grant Park shouldn't be a problem for him to underwrite!

Posted by: s sills | Oct 23, 2008 12:36:59 PM

Good place for Obama to be when he concedes defeat. Outdoors.

Posted by: JOhn | Oct 23, 2008 12:34:04 PM

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