G-8 Summit Gets Pulled From Chicago


The G-8 summit is not coming to Chicago and protestors are claiming victory. But NATO leaders are still on the way. What does it all mean for the city? Elizabeth Brackett has the details on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm.

The White House released the following statement on Monday:

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the G-8 and NATO Summits

"In May, the United States looks forward to hosting the G-8 and NATO Summits. To facilitate a free-flowing discussion with our close G-8 partners, the President is inviting his fellow G-8 leaders to Camp David on May 18-19 for the G-8 Summit, which will address a broad range of economic, political and security issues. The President will then welcome NATO allies and partners to his hometown of Chicago for the NATO Summit on May 20-21, which will be the premier opportunity this year for the President to continue his efforts to strengthen NATO in order to ensure that the Atlantic Alliance remains the most successful alliance in history, while charting the way forward in Afghanistan."

Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the following statement in response to the announcement:

Statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the G8 and NATO Summits

"We wish President Obama and the other leaders well at the G8 meeting at Camp David and look forward to hosting the NATO Summit in Chicago. Hosting the NATO Summit is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Chicago to the world and the world to Chicago and we are proud to host the 50 heads of state, foreign and defense ministers from the NATO and ISAF countries in our great city May 19-21."

The Chicago Host Committee for the summits released the following statement:

Statement from Lori Healey, Executive Director for the Chicago Host Committee

"We are honored to be the first major American city to host a NATO summit and look forward to showcasing Chicago to the world. Hosting the NATO Summit is a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on Chicago as a global city and an unparalleled destination for travel, tourism, and business."

Check out what Chicagoans have to say about the announcement in our Storify below:

 

 

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