President Obama's Rally Set

Event leeches resources from Rally For Sanity satellite event

By Jenel Nels
|  Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010  |  Updated 9:15 AM CDT
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The White House has released details of President's Obama's get-out-the-vote rally in Chicago Saturday.

The rally will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, at the Midway Plaisance, a park near the University of Chicago campus. Hip-hop artist, Common, will perform during the event.

The rally will mark President Obama's third visit to Chicago to drum up support for Democrats before the November 2 election. He will try to boost  the chances of Governor Pat Quinn, Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias and more by stirring up the youthful base that propelled him to victory in 2008.

The President's rally is causing logistics problems for a Jon Stewart viewing party also scheduled outdoors in Chicago on the same day.

But the president might leech some energy from a different youthful rally planned for that day by fans of Comedy Central host Jon Stewart.

Stewart is taking his "Rally to Restore Sanity" message to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, but a group of Chicagoans had planned to simulcast the event on a large screen in  the Windy City in Grant Park at Jackson & Columbus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The group started a Facebook campaign to host a viewing party around the same time Stewart announced his D.C. event. But with the President in town, there's not a lot of resources left over for the start up watching party.

Organizers, who are submitting their fifth event proposal to the city Wednesday, tell the Chicago Sun-Times they are experiencing trouble getting a security plan approved by the the City.

"I had generally backed the city into a corner," said Angie McMahon to the Chicago Sun-Times, "because it's a national movement and people have said, 'Hey, even if the city doesn't approve it, we're showing up.' So there's an issue of safety that is very important to everyone."

The Stewart viewing party is free. Organizers say they plan to pay for the cost through donations. According to the group's Facebook page on Wednesday, it has raised $17,702.93 toward its goal of $20,173.

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