Jerry Roper

Jerry Roper

President of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Jerry Roper caused a stir in January when he said some businesses were “alarmed”about the upcoming summits, and that he expected downtown retailers to have 24-hour security details to discourage protests and looting. He also pushed the NATO host committee to disclose the event’s security perimeter as soon as possible, saying he would “force the issue,” despite comments from the Secret Service that the information would only be available about a month before the summit. According to the Sun-Times, Roper backtracked after Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his NATO team “took him to the woodshed.”

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