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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 »

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 »

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 »

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

City Approves Alternate NATO Protest Route

City Approves Alternate NATO Protest Route

The City of Chicago has approved a permit allowing hundreds and potentially thousands of protesters to march on an alternate route during the NATO summit next month 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 »

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