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.