In some ways, President Barack Obama's inauguration is a local story in Chicago.
The president's political ties to the city, the family's home in the Kenwood neighborhood and his and first lady Michelle Obama's friends and colleagues here provide the Chicago Tribune with a unique opportunity to write stories that are of particular interest to Chicagoans.
Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and I are teaming up with Katherine Skiba, of the Tribune's Washington Bureau, to cover the inaugural events from a local angle, from the glitzy Illinois State Society Gala on Saturday to the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Monday, which features Chicago's South Shore Drill Team.
We're reporting on which Illinois corporations are funding the big parties. We'll tell you what Illinois politicians are up to during inaugural weekend. And we'll tell the stories of ordinary people from the Chicago area who have made the trip to Washington.
Mary will offer her impressions of the inauguration, giving readers personal insight into the festivities as if they were there. Photographers Chris Walker, Alex Garcia and Brian Cassella will bring those stories to life with pictures. Videographer Jenniffer Weigel will document them for the Web.
Combined with the national coverage provided by the Tribune's Washington Bureau, the Chicago Tribune is situated to bring Chicagoans well-rounded, in-depth reports.
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