A Chicago delegation was in Brussels on Wednesday, trying to sell the city to the world as they plan for the NATO summit in Chicago in May.
The city of Chicago has rejected a request by anti-war protesters to march through downtown Chicago on May 20, the first day of the NATO summit.
With the NATO summit still slated for Chicago this May, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is publicly shrugging off the White House decision to relocate the G8 summit of world leaders to Camp David in Maryland.
The move to hold the G8 summit at Camp David instead of Chicago in May might have come as a surprise to many, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and members of the host committee in Chicago, but it was a move that has been in the works for weeks.
Despite the G8 summit being moved from Chicago to Camp David, the NATO summit still earmarked for the same weekend in Chicago remains a major event, drawing thousands of representatives from 28 countries.
Police are going through extensive extra training for the NATO/G8 summits, as two groups of demonstrators have now announced plans to march down Michigan Avenue in the midday hours.
The city’s restaurant community is gearing up for the NATO and G8 summits planned for Chicago in May, and officials insisted Monday they are not worried about security measures restricting access to their businesses.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says some downtown businesses that lose business because of the upcoming international summits here in Chicago this spring could get compensation from the city.
DePaul University will close its Loop campus during the NATO and G8 summits in May.
When the NATO/G8 summits come around, Chicago Police horses will be outfitted with riot gear along with the officers riding them.
Supt. Garry McCarthy says there is no need to worry about police trying to block social media used by demonstrators expected during the upcoming NATO/G8 summits in May.
At the City Council meeting Wednesday, an alderman will propose police keep their hands off the controls of downtown cell phone signals during expected protests this spring.
The Chicago Police Department continues to gear up for the NATO and G8 summits in May with enhanced protection for officers likely to confront protesters.
The Canadian activist group Adbusters has put out a call for 50,000 people to pack their tents and head to Chicago for a month of protests around the NATO/G8 summits this May.
So far, most of the talk about the upcoming G8 and NATO summits in Chicago has been about what may happen on the streets outside the meetings, but on Tuesday, White House officials briefed reporters on other aspects of the summits.
There is a suggestion on a Chicago Police officer’s Web site for how officers can avoid citizen complaints during the expected street protests when the G8 and NATO summits come to town this spring.
The host committee for the upcoming NATO and G8 summits offered a sneak peak Wednesday of the city’s push to capitalize on the dual summits in May.
Officials planning the NATO and G8 summits have launched a campaign to convince Chicago residents that the upcoming meetings will be more than worth the inconvenience they might cause.
The City Council cast an overwhelming vote on Wednesday to approve tighter rules on parades and protests ahead of the joint NATO and G8 summits in May.
For the second time since moving to increase fines and restrictions on protests for the upcoming G8 and NATO Summits, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed off.
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