Obama's Business Backers Look Ahead

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U.S. President-elect Barack Obama walks onstage with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha during an election night gathering in Chicago's Grant Park. Win McNamee/Getty Images

On Nov. 4 at 10 p.m., Lyle Logan raised his arms toward the autumn sky over Chicago's Grant Park in triumph. News that Senator Barack Obama had officially won enough electoral votes to become the next President of the U.S. was flashing on the big video screen above the VIP pen at "ground zero" for the 2008 Presidential election results. And Logan, an African American executive vice-president at Northern Trust Co., couldn't hold back the tears suddenly streaming down his face. "I'm overwhelmed," he said, his young son clinging to his waist. "It's just amazing."

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