Metra, South Shore, and Amtrak trains will run during the NATO summit. However, these trains may not remain on schedule.
The U.S. Secret Service has issued a statement that says “Passengers should plan for some delays as trains approach and pass through the McCormick Place stop due to security measures”.
For the full video from ABC7, please see below.
The Chicago Tribune has put together a video illustrating the main points of NATO. These points include:
- NATO will occur May 20th and 21st
- NATO’s main concerns are security, politics, and long-lasting military alliance
- NATO nations don’t gather every year, only when issues arise that call for a summit
- This NATO summit will focus primarily on Afghanistan
- The NATO alliance is made up of 28 member and 40 partner countries
- Anders Fogh Rasmussen from Denmark is the leader of the NATO alliance
- The Chicago NATO summit will bring about 50 world leaders and 28 NATO heads of state
- Typically protests of NATO summits have been smaller than other economic protests
To view the video from the Chicago Tribune, please click here.
President Obama held a press conference on Tuesday, March 6th. During the press conference, he was asked by Chicago Sun-Times reporter Lynn Sweet about the G8 location change from Chicago to Camp David.
Regarding the change of location, Obama said:
“This was an idea that was brought to me after the initial organizing of the NATO summit. Someone pointed out to me that I haven’t had any of my counterparts that I’ve worked with for three years up to Camp David. G8 tends to be a more informal setting in which we talk about a wide range of issues in a pretty intimate way, and the thinking was people would enjoy being in a more casual back drop. I think the weather will be good that time of year. It will give me a chance to spend time with Mr. Putin, the new Russian president. And from there, we will fly to Chicago.”
To view the video clip of the press conference from Fox Chicago, please view below.
Chicago Tonight featured Arnette Heintze, Hillard Heintze, and Jeffery Cramer, Krolls Business Intelligence and Investigations, on February 16, 2012. They discussed how to prepare for the NATO/G8 Summits.
Some of the main points of discussion included:
- People in Chicago should be aware of where protesters will be
- There is an expectation for more people coming to Chicago for the Summits than came to Seattle in 1999
- Social Media will be a challenge for officials as well as an opportunity to monitor what demonstrators are planning
- Demonstration zones will be in designated areas that are safe
- Chicago will be very careful about closing streets
On Friday, February 3, 2012, several police departments in the United States including New York, Salt Lake City, Boston, and Syracuse along with Greece’s law enforcement websites were hacked by a protest group named Anonymous. Police department websites in the Chicagoland area were not affected by this hacking. However, this same protest group is calling for protesters to come to Chicago for the entire month of May.
Due to the secrecy of who is behind the Anonymous protest group, police are having difficulty tracking who is behind the cyber attacks and protest organization. Police do know that the individuals in charge of Anonymous have extensive experience with large protest demonstrations, such as anti-war demonstration in Chicago on Lake Shore Drive, and have not been peaceful at previous summits.
For the full article from ABC7, please click here.
On January 25, 2012 Chicago Tonight hosted a panel of Lori Healey, Executive of the Chicago NATO G8 Committee, Felicia Davis, Mayor Emanuel’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Allen Sanderson, University of Chicago Economist, and Andy Thayer, Coalition Against NATO G8 War & Poverty Agenda.
The point of view from the Chicago NATO-G8 Planning committee and Mayor Emanuel’s office is that the City of Chicago needs to plan, prepare, and communicate for these summits. They would like to make sure that it is a safe and secure event and not a security event.
The panel also discusses the number of protesters that Chicago could expect. At this time, the panel, including Andy Thayer who is part of 1 of the approved protest permits, agrees that it is too early to say how many protesters will be coming. 4 permits have approved with numbers of protesters at 1,500 and 5,000.
Chicago Police Officers will be working 12 hour shifts during the NATO-G8 summits. The extra 3.5 hours of service per shift will be covered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The extra coverage will allow the Chicago Police Department to handle the expected protesters.
Mayor Emanuel has admitted that he misspoke when talking about the higher fines and tighter protest rules. These fines and rules would be a permanent change for the city and not temporary ones for the NATO-G8 conferences. The proposed fines and new protest rules will be voted on by aldermen at the January 18th City Council meeting.
For the full article from the Chicago Tribune, please click here.
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On December 18, 2011, Chicago Tonight host Elizabeth Brackett had a panel of guests including Lori Healey with the Chicago G-8 NATO Committee, Gary Schenkel with OEMC, Harvey Grossman with ACLU Illinois, and Alderman Scott Waguespack from the 32nd Ward. The panel of guests discussed the benefits and possible problems that may arise during the NATO G-8 summits occurring in Chicago in May 2012.
The topics discussed included the protests that will occur, Mayor Emanuel’s fine increase proposal, and an increase in job creation.