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Chicago the Capital of Illinois: NATO

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A video produced by NATO states Chicago is the capital of Illinois and that it's the city where President Barack Obama grew up. The rest of the video features shots of the city and explains why Europeans will feel right at home during the NATO Summit.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a notorious Type A personality, might be miffed at a NATO video spreading misinformation about his city.

In fact, all Chicagoans should be miffed.

Chicago, for example, is not the capital of Illinois, nor is it where President Barack Obama grew up.

But those are two statements made in a video released by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ahead of the Chicago summit in May.

"On the 20th and 21st of May Chicago is going to be at the center of attention," the voiceover states in a video on NATO's official YouTube channel. "More than 60 heads of state in government will meet to discuss crucial matters of security and stability. ... And so the leaders of the member nations of the organization created by the 1949 Washington Treaty will meet in the capital of Illinois."

Whoops. Actually, the Illinois capital is Springfield.

"The decision was made by the American President Barack Obama, who wanted this event to take place in the city he grew up in."

Obama moved here a couple years after college to take a job with a local community group.

The rest of the video features shots of the city and explains why Europeans will feel right at home during the NATO Summit.

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