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Elections Wed Nov 04 2009

One Year Ago Today...

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Exactly one year ago this evening--on November 4, 2008--Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States of America. Just prior to his victory, thousands of supporters spent the day on the outskirts of Grant Park, and lucky ones with a ticket were able to get inside the park and listen to his victory speech, creating a serenity not always seen in Chicago. Police and security surrounded every single corner around Grant Park while crowds aligned in excitement in anticipation of the evening.

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One year later, as Mechanics took a stroll on the outskirts of Grant Park this afternoon, things seemed eerily quiet. A businessman on his lunch break walked around the grass, some pedestrians crossed the bridge at East Congress Parkway, looking over at the Metra train tracks below them, and a homeless man searched for a bench to sit on at a park just east of East Harrison Street and South Michigan Avenue.

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