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Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:59 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

400 Protesters Head to Rahm's House

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home was the Saturday destination for Mental Health Movement protesters ahead of this weekend's NATO Summit. The same group that barricaded themselves inside the Woodlawn Mental Health... Read »

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 5:42 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Inside NATO Summit Attendees' Swag Bag

Inside NATO Summit Attendees' Swag Bag

Summit attendees will each receive a bag of Chicago-centric swag contained in a messenger bag made of recycled plastic bottles to promote the city's “bike-friendly profile," according to the host committee. Read »

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Cops Get 12-Hour Shifts for NATO Summit

Cops Get 12-Hour Shifts for NATO Summit

The Chicago Police Department assigned officers to 12-hour shifts during NATO weekend and canceled all days off, Supt. Garry McCarthy said Tuesday. "It's a good program," McCarthy said. "It's going to cost us a... Read »

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:14 AM
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By BJ Lutz
      

City Pulls Nurses' Protest Permit

Members of the nation's largest nuses union were steaming mad Tuesday and seeking legal action after the city withdrew a permit for a march and rally planned for later this month. Read »

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Tom Morello Threatens To Run Against Rahm

Tom Morello Threatens To Run Against Rahm

Former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello says the city canceled the permit for a National Nurses United rally after he was added to the bill. Now he's threatening to run for mayor. Read »

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 »

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Chicago, the Capital of Illinois?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a notorious Type A personality, surely can't stand a NATO video spreading the wrong information about his city. Chicago, for example, is not the capital of Illinois, nor is it where President... Read »

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 8:43 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

NATO Summit to Generate $128 M for Chicago

World Business Chicago, the independent arm of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration, released new figures Monday on the economic impact of the coming NATO Summit. Not how much the May 20-21 meeting of world... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson
      

Protesters Leak NATO Security Details

Portions of Lake Shore Drive and Interstate 55 make up part of the perimeter of a secure area during next month's NATO Summit and will be closed to traffic, protest planners said they were told Tuesday. Read »

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 at 11:46 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Security Consultants: NATO Fears Overblown

Security Consultants: NATO Fears Overblown

NATO security consultants on Monday night tried their best to allay fears held by residents who live near McCormick Place, insisting that it'll actually be one of the safest neighborhoods in the city. Read »

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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