The City Council passed an ordinance today that allows local, state and federal public safety partners, as well as other public and private entities, to effectively coordinate operations during the upcoming NATO and G8 summits, which will be hosted in Chicago from May 19 to May 21, 2012.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity for the City of Chicago to showcase our wonderful city to the world,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Working collaboratively with our federal partners, we will provide public safety services for residents and visitors while fulfilling our obligation to protect the public and enforce the laws of the city.”
The NATO and G8 Summits are international events and have been designated National Security Special Events (NSSE). Therefore, the United States Secret Service is ultimately responsible for all security decisions for this event. The City is working closely with the federal government to ensure the safety of everyone attending this event, as well as the people of Chicago.
The following are permanent changes to the City’s municipal code:
Adjustment of City park hours:
Deputization authority for the Chicago Police Department:
Additionally, there is one temporary provision of the ordinance:
Limited contract authority for the Mayor to procure goods, work or services related to planning, security, logistics and other aspects of hosting the NATO and G8 Summits:
This will be the first time an American city other than Washington D.C. has hosted a NATO summit, and the first time in more than 30 years that any city has hosted both gatherings.
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