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Obama Gets Secret Service for Life

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    NEWSLETTERS

    President Obama's neighborhood was still feeling the joy the morning after his election win.

    Resident's of Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood got some tough news Thursday. 

    President Barack Obama singed a bill that allows for Secret Service protection for life for presidents. The law, called The Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 extends protection to George W. Bush.

    That means the barricades that surround his South Side home are likely to remain in place for as long as Obama claims Chicago as his hometown.

    The bill is not exactly new. Obama is reinstating a program that had been law prior to 1994 when it was scrapped by Congress. 

    It also ensures protection for children of presidents until they are 16 years old.