Mayor Rahm Emanuel knows next May's meeting of NATO and G8 leaders is going to be a busy, tumultuous time for the city, but says it's important given Chicago's stature in the world.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel knows next May's meeting of NATO and G8 leaders is going to be a busy, tumultuous time.
To that end, he offered an apology Tuesday to the prom-goers, brides- and grooms-to-be and graduation revelers whose daily lives will be interrupted.
"I apologize upfront for any disruption," he said during a press event at police headquarters to discuss the first CompStat meeting.
But, he said, the dual summits -- scheduled to take place between May 15 and May 22, 2012 -- are important to Chicago maintaining its stature in the world.
"We are an international city with an international economic footprint, and it drives a huge beast of our economic growth... Three thousand foreign reporters will be coming here to follow the event but also to talk about our city, and for our city that is trying to attract investments and companies, that's a big opportunity."
Immediately after the summits were announced earlier this summer, activists got to work making their plans to get the attention of world leaders.