- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says the Democratic National Committee has reimbursed the city for the cost of President Barack Obama’s $1.74 million election night rally.

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse says the payment was made recently. He attributes the five-month delay to complex issues that needed to be worked out with the city.

More than 100,000 people celebrated on Nov. 4 in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park.

The Chicago Police Department racked up about $1 million of the cost. All the city’s police officers were required to work. They cleared the park of rally-goers less than an hour after it ended.

Another big bill came from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, which spent more than $120,000 that night.

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