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Crews Will Have Equipment Ready for Rally

By Tim State in News on Oct 25, 2008 11:14PM

City firefighters and paramedics have been asked to take home their gear so they can speed deployment during any emergency that might occur during the election night Obama rally in Grant Park. The order begins next Wednesday, and continues through until two days after the election.

The plan is the same that was in place in case the Cubs or the White Sox made it to the World Series and would either win or lose.

With Obama being the first major party presidential candidate from Chicago, it required the department to plan for the potential of celebratory crowds if he wins or rioting if he loses, police said.

The price tag for the rally will come to $2 million, which the campaign has agreed to fund. [S-T]