Rockford Locals Pick up Tickets to Inauguration

By: Chris Norman
By: Chris Norman

President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration may be the largest in our nation's history, and 23 News reporter Chris Norman shows us how some locals picked up tickets for the big show.

"It's a dream come true."

It's the hottest ticket in the free world and Annie Perteete has two of them. Today, Perteete and about two hundred others from the stateline were lucky enough to get tickets to president-elect Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony. She says she can't believe she has the chance to go.

"It's extremely exciting, i feel very blessed to be able to take part in this historical event," Perteete said.

Congressman Don Manzullo's office had the responsibility of handing the tickets out. His office had about twelve hundred requests. He was able to supply 198 tickets; the number each house member received for the event. Each senator gets 396. That's nearly 100 thousand tickets nationwide.

"Obviously the demand is much higher being that barack obama was the us senator from Illinois," said Rich Carter, Spokesman for Manzullo.

While hundreds of workers prepare the nation's capital for next Tuesday, Rockford alderman Ann Thompson Kelly says she and a bus-load of city officials are also preparing for their trip.

"There are two buses that are leaving on Sunday, and i plan to be on one of those coaches," Thompson-Kelly said.

Officials say security in Washington will be unprecedented during the ceremony, traffic will be shut down for most of the capital, and Manzullo aide Carter had some recommendations for anyone who plans to attend the event.

"Anyone with tickets is going to have to go through several forms of security, there's going to be long lines to get in, people have to prepare almost like it's a bears game in December," Carter says.

The one and half mile long national mall will be open to the public for the inaugural parade, even without a ticket. Officials are expecting upward of four million people at the inauguration.

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