Total cost for Obama's visit to UI: $53,200

Total cost for Obama's visit to UI: $53,200

Last week's appearance by former President BARACK OBAMA at the University of Illinois cost about $53,200, some of it covered by the 44th president himself. Much of it was internal, transferred from one department to another, paid by the UI President's office and the Institute for Government and Public Affairs. None of it came from tuition dollars or state appropriations, said UI spokesman Tom Hardy.

Here's a breakdown of approximate totals:

— Foellinger Auditorium: $19,214. Covered rental, setup and use of the auditorium. Obama paid about $12,500, providing the teleprompters, media riser and the blue backdrop for the stage.

— Huff Hall: $10,120. Covered setup for livestreaming of Obama's speech, including chairs, large TV screens and sound.

— Security: $16,740. Covered police officers from the UI, Champaign and Urbana and security personnel and equipment at Foellinger and Huff.

— Awards ceremony: $5,300. Covered the Paul H. Douglas Ethics in Government medallion and catering and setup at the President's House. Paid by an endowment fund at the UI Foundation created in 1992 to support the Douglas Award.

— Miscellaneous: $2,090. Covered some catering costs, bagged parking meters, and the printing of tickets, signs and flyers.