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City still owed $1.7M for Obama rally

Friday, February 20, 2009
President-elect Barack Obama and his family walk onto the stage at his election night party at Grant Park in Chicago, Tuesday night, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President-elect Barack Obama and his family walk onto the stage at his election night party at Grant Park in Chicago, Tuesday night, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP Photo / (AP Photo/Alex Brandon))

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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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