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Monday, May 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM
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By BJ Lutz

First Lady to Host NATO South Side Tour

First Lady to Host NATO South Side Tour

First Lady Michelle Obama will host two events in Chicago during this month's NATO Summit, the White House confirmed Monday. Read »

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Rev. Jackson Plans to Protest During NATO Visit

Rev. Jackson Plans to Protest During NATO Visit

Jackson compared the planned march to those during the war in Vietnam. He said the main issue is the same, spending millions of dollars and losing lives on war at the expense of funding for education and health... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 2:07 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Trains to Run Beneath McCormick Place During NATO

Trains to Run Beneath McCormick Place During NATO

However, commuters should plan for some snags and delays because of the heightened security that comes with an event that welcomes international leaders. Read »

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Emanuel's NATO Actions Will Reflect On Obama

Emanuel's NATO Actions Will Reflect On Obama

The right wing is always looking for example of "thug style Chicago politics." Let's not give them any in May. Read »

Saturday, Apr 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

NATO Protesters Accept Parade Route Offer

NATO Protesters Accept Parade Route Offer

Organizers planning protests to coincide with the start of the upcoming NATO Summit said Friday they'll accept the city's proposed, alternate route, but only if they put it in writing. Read »

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:15 PM
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By Allison Preston

Taxpayers Off the Hook for NATO Summit

Taxpayers Off the Hook for NATO Summit

NATO Host Committee says it has raised $36.5 million in private donations for the May 20-21 diplomatic summit in Chicago. Read »

Saturday, Apr 7, 2012 at 2:14 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Denial of NATO Protest Permit Upheld

Denial of NATO Protest Permit Upheld

Judge Raymond J. Prosser's ruling backs the city's contention that a parade through the Loop would hamper public safety and strain city resources. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 1:36 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Activists to Appeal NATO Protest Ruling

Activists to Appeal NATO Protest Ruling

Protest group previously had an identical application approved for May 19 but submitted a modified application after President Obama yanked the G8 summit for the quieter setting of Camp David. That second... Read »

Saturday, Apr 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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By Anthony Ponce

Group Appeals NATO Protest Ruling

Protesters were in court Tuesday to appeal a decision rejecting the group's application to move the date of their previously approved application. Read »

Monday, May 7, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

First Lady Says South Side to be on NATO Tour

First Lady Says South Side to be on NATO Tour

Tour to include a stop at the Gary Comer Youth Center on South Ingleside, two blocks from the apartment where she grew up. Read »

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