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Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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By Edward McClelland

"Medium Cool" Director Makes Film on NATO Protests

Haskell Wexler has just released the trailer for "Four Days In Chicago" Read »

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Price Tag for Police OT During NATO: $15M

Price Tag for Police OT During NATO: $15M

Details of what it cost the city of Chicago to host last month's NATO Summit are slowly trickling out this week. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM
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By BJ Lutz

McCarthy, CPD Honored for NATO Work

McCarthy, CPD Honored for NATO Work

Cook County commissions compared police Supt. Garry McCarthy to John Wayne and George Washington for the image of him standing by his troops during clashes with protesters. Read »

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 2:31 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Rahm Wants Super Bowl In Chicago

Rahm Emanuel and Roger Goodell discussed the possibility of bringing the Super Bowl to Soldier Field. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 7:42 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Donors Pick Up NATO Parking Tab

Donors Pick Up NATO Parking Tab

Private donors will foot the bill for the hefty parking bill sent to the city after the NATO summit. Read »

Friday, May 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Police Fight For NATO Summit Compensation

Police Fight For NATO Summit Compensation

The city may be praising Chicago police for a job well done after the NATO Summit, but the thank you stops there. Read »

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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By Lauren Petty

Mayor Thanks Commuters for NATO Patience

Mayor Thanks Commuters for NATO Patience

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to thank Chicagoans for their patience while world leaders were in town for the NATO Summit. Chicago closed roads, police lined Michigan Avenue, Metra put security restrictions in place... Read »

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Rahm Emanuel's Long NATO Weekend

Rahm Emanuel's Long NATO Weekend

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in for a predictably long weekend as NATO diplomats continue to fly into O'Hare Airport for the weekend's summit. At first count, Emanuel had 15 major events planned for the weekend. 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 »

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