Chicago hopes Obama's re-election will pay off

Associated Press Modified: November 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm •  Published: November 9, 2012
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CHICAGO (AP) — Now that President Barack Obama has been elected for a second term, Chicago is hoping it won't be anybody's Second City.

He's not facing re-election, so the president doesn't have to worry about being criticized as just another practitioner of so-called "Chicago-style" politics. People hope that means Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a fierce ally of the president, can persuade him to provide more federal funding for everything from schools to bridges the city's train system.

Obama also doesn't have to worry about campaigning around the country. That has restaurateurs and others in the hospitality industry hoping the president and the first lady will visit more often than they did during the last four years. They say those visits are great advertising for their businesses and the city.