Writing “what a difference a day makes” in his decision, Chicago Administrative Law Judge Raymond Prosser rejected the May 20 parade permit route proposed by the Coalition Against the NATO and G8 War and Poverty Agenda, or CANG8, for the first day of the NATO summit.
The city had before approved an identical protest route for May 19 – when the G8 summit was first supposed to meet, prior to it being relocated to Camp David.
Prosser unequivocally sided with the arguments of city officials that CANG8’s proposed route from Daley Plaza to McCormick Place convention center “will substantially and unnecessarily interfere with traffic.”
NATO has 50 heads of state coming to town, Prosser explained, not like eight with the G8. That means motorcades. “It is reasonable to conclude that the length and numbers of these motorcades will disrupt traffic in a manner never before experienced in Chicago,” Prosser said.
Prosser repeatedly mentioned in his ruling how the “Crosstown Classic” – a Sunday afternoon baseball game at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and White Sox – will also provide a significant drain on police resources and traffic lanes.
Additionally, Prosser ruled that the city came up with a perfectly reasonable alternative route, in which they told CANG8 to congregate at Butler Field in Grant Park, not Daley Plaza.
CANG8 could appeal the ruling in federal court.