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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 »

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM
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By Al Romero

City Buys More Police Face Shields for Summit

City Buys More Police Face Shields for Summit

The city of Chicago purchased another 8,500 face shields to protect police officers during the NATO summit in May. 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 »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 7:59 AM
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By Al Romero

Quinn Headed to Belgium to Promote Illinois

Quinn Headed to Belgium to Promote Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn will travel Wednesday to Brussels, Belgium, where he's expected to promote Illinois exports, tourism and investment in the state. He also will meet with ambassadors and other officials... Read »

Saturday, Apr 7, 2012 at 2:12 PM
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By BJ Lutz

City Denies NATO Protest Permit

City Denies NATO Protest Permit

The Coalition Against the NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda previously had an identical application approved for May 19 but submitted a modified application after President Obama yanked the G8 summit for the quieter... Read »

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 9:26 PM
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By Dick Johnson

G8 Departure Hasn't Affected Protesters' Message

G8 Departure Hasn't Affected Protesters' Message

Indeed, protesters claim the G8's departure may have invigorated their entire effort. Read »

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