Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed higher fines and stricter security
measures for protesters in advance of the G8 and NATO summits. At yesterday's city council meeting, the mayor proposed an ordinance that will raise the fines for resisting arrest or aiding escape to a range of $250 to $1,000. The fines are currently $25 to $500.
"The NATO and G8 summits present an exciting opportunity to showcase our extraordinary city to the world,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Hosting these summits puts the spotlight on Chicago as a city on the move and an unparalleled destination for travel, tourism and business."
The proposal, if passed, would also allow the Chicago Police Department
to work with and enter into agreeements with other law enforecement agencies
like the FBI and Illinois State Police. The mayor is also seeking the ability to enter into short-term agreements with public and private agencies for services like security during the summits without the approval of city council.
The summits will take place from May 15 to May 22. This will be the first time the NATO summit will be held in a city outside of D.C.