Chicago's Tab for Protecting Obama's Home: $2.2M

Unclear if feds will kick in more than $1.5M
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2009 1:10 PM CDT
In this Nov. 6, 2008 file photo, the Hyde Park neighborhood home of President-elect Barack Obama is protected with added security on the surrounding streets leading to the house in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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(Newser) – The Chicago police have spent at least $2.2 million watching over Barack Obama’s home since his November election, city documents reveal. The federal government will reimburse the $1.5 million racked up from November until the January inauguration, but the city is on its own for the $650,000 it's spent since, the Chicago Tribune reports. The revelation comes as the Police Department struggles with budget woes.