McCormick Place security amps up for Obama Election Night rally - FOX 32 News Chicago

Preparations underway, security amped up for Obama Election Night rally

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Satellite trucks and the secret service have taken over McCormick Place Lakeside Center, where a full sweep of the place has been going on over the past two days. Security will be extremely tight, just like it was at Grant Park four years ago.

The rally will take place inside this year, because of concerns over weather and security. In 2008, the victory rally was held at Grant Park with more than 200,000 supporters in attendance - on a 60-degree night.

The president's election night party will kick off about 7:30 Tuesday night and you have to have ticket to get inside.

Ann Michelle Boyle is all smiles because she says she's got one of the hottest tickets in town. This Obama supporter is holding onto one of the 10,000 tickets given out for the president's election night rally at McCormick Place.

"I am thrilled---overwhelmed," Boyle says. "I've never been so excited. I got a text last night saying I might get you a ticket and I've been jumping since then I am ecstatic."

Dave Anderson says if President Obama is given four more years, being there will have more meaning.

"I live in a generation now where anything is possible in this country and being an African American male you do look at examples," Anderson says.

Getting there may be harder than getting a ticket. The same level of security we saw last May during NATO is in effect at and near McCormick Place.

While no official plans have been made public, expect road closures in the Loop and South Loop and access to the lakefront. Walking paths may also be denied.

Chicago police will be assisting secret service with crowd control and extra patrols will be on hand to help with traffic.

"It's good for him to come home," says South Loop resident Jarred Anderson. "Hopefully he'll be winning---hopefully we'll be celebrating here."

If you didn't get a ticket, there are a number of viewing parties going on around the city, both public and private. There's even one at the Kit Kat Club over on the North Side.

A large group of protestors who say they'll be out here Tuesday night to make sure President Obama keeps his promise if he's re-elected.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, will be in Boston on election night awaiting the results at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The event will be the largest of its kind in the northeastern United States.

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