This is NOT Good
- The Chicago Police Department has approached ILEAS Region 4 for manpower and cars to augment neighborhood police coverage the night of November 4th. All the suburban bigwigs are meeting tomorrow morning at OEMC to hash out details, including more than a few retired CPD exempts.
Get a load of this from Channel 7:
"There will be a lot of people who want to come down and celebrate, and we hope it's a million or more," Daley said.
If what the mayor hopes for actually happens, Obama's election night speech will attract many more people than the 70,000 city officials say can fit into the southernmost part of Grant Park known as Hutchinson Field. Stages, camera platforms and tents are being set up there inside a fence surrounding what by election night, will be one of the most secured outdoor areas in the United States.
The mayor said he expects that more than ten times as many people will gather elsewhere downtown and along the lakefront for what Daley called "a festival."
"It's going to be called a celebration. People coming down want to celebrate, and that's what the feeling I have for this huge event is going to take place next Tuesday," Daley said.
Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis, whose currently undermanned department would have to control crowds inside as well as outside the perimeter, appeared surprised at the mayor's prediction of one million.
"I was at meetings all day yesterday concerning that, and I didn't think anyone would have an exact number," Weis said.