NATO News Roundup: City Won't Reimburse Museums For Revenue Lost
By Samantha Abernethy in News on May 11, 2012 5:20PM
- The city says it won't reimburse the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Art Institute of Chicago for the one to three days they will be closed during the NATO summit. A NATO committee rep told Crain's the museums haven't asked for compensation, and it was the museums' decisions to close their doors. As Crain's points out, though, of course they wouldn't want to ask and risk getting on the city's bad side. "They know the NATO confab is a really big deal for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and that he controls the fate of the museums when it comes to taxation, zoning, fundraising and any number of other aspects." But after raising $36 million for the summit, couldn't they find a few more bucks for the museums and their employees?
- Several veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan say they will return their medals of honor during a protest of the NATO summit.
- WBEZ created this handy dandy interactive map to guide you through the NATO closures, highways and otherwise.
- Summit organizers will debate protesters next Thursday at the Pritzker Military Library.
- Polish Chicagoans are hoping Poland President Bronislaw Komorowski stops by to say hello while he's in town for the summit.
- A Bronzeville group says, screw the NATO summit, let's work on finding more jobs for African-American men.
- Also, as we wrote earlier today, protesters say they'll target Boeing in their protests.