Lori Healey is the executive director of the Chicago NATO host committee.
Security management firm Hillard Heintze is being used by the city as a liaison between the business community and police.
Economist Allen Sanderson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.
Jerry Roper is President of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
Sheila O’Grady is the head of The Illinois Restaurant Association. More than 50 Chicago-area restaurants will present special tasting menus during the NATO summit, in part to show off the city's culinary scene to world leaders.
World Business Chicago is an organization comprised of Mayor Emanuel’s hand-picked group of top business executives, and is funded in part with taxpayer money.
Anne Olaimey, longtime fundraiser for Mayor Emanuel, and John Bryan, former Sarah Lee CEO, were handpicked by Mayor Emanuel to head the fundraising committee.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says hosting the NATO summit will burnish Chicago’s image, and that a combination of federal dollars and money from private sources will be used to cover costs.
Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark says NATO is “the most successful alliance in history.”
Anonymous is a group born from the internet that represents anarchy.
The Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda (CANG8) is organizing protests for the NATO summit. The group has already obtained city permits to hold a rally in Daley Plaza and march to McCormick Place during the summit.
Occupy Chicago is a spawn of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which originated in New York City.
Adbusters is one of the organizations that helped launch the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011.
Harvey Grossman is the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Chicago. His main concern is that protesters maintain their First Amendment rights.