2012 NATO Summit in Chicago

Sights, sounds and stories from a tumultuous weekend. #NATO #NATORedZone

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  1. UPDATE 10:50 p.m. -- Lake Shore Drive and the Stevenson Expressway are open again following NATO-related closures.
  2. VIDEO -- McCarthy: "The News is What Has Not Happened"
    Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy speaks outside Prudential Plaza about the NATO protests his officers met this weekend.
  3. UPDATE 10 p.m. -- Protesters who had grouped near Jackson & Michigan for about 30 minutes, singing and praying, are now back on the move, heading west down Jackson. The group is fairly small, however, and appeared to pay more attention to the media than conveying a message.
  4. UPDATE 9:20 p.m. -- There weren't the major, widespread property damage that some had feared, but this weekend's NATO Summit didn't do many favors for several downtown businesses.
  5. UPDATE 6:30 p.m. -- Loop mostly clear of protesters. Largest group is congregating near Grant Park, at Congress & Michigan.
  6. VIDEO -- Emanuel's Post-NATO Remarks
    Chicago's mayor says the 2012 NATO Summit boosted the city's profile in the world and expresses gratitude to citizens and first responders for how they handled a stressful weekend.
  7. VIDEO -- Obama's Remarks on NATO SummitObama's Remarks on NATO Summit
    President Obama says the discussions that took place have created an "alliance that is stronger, more capable and more ready for the future."
  8. UPDATE 3:38 p.m. -- Marine One just landed at Soldier Field. President Obama is currently speaking at McCormick Place but will depart shortly for O'Hare.
  9. UPDATE 3:03 p.m. -- When President Obama departs Chicago for Joplin, MO this evening, he'll be doing so in a smaller Boeing 757, and not one of the normal Boeing VC-25s. Still, with him on board it will carry the call sign "Air Force One." The VC-25 in which he came will "dead head" back to Joint Base Andrews about an hour after Obama leaves.
  10. UPDATE 2:23 p.m. -- Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says he never gave an order to use tear gas. He said some officers put on gas masks because of a miscommunication.
  11. UPDATE 2:09 p.m. -- A Pennsylvania man faces a felony charge after he allegedly attacked a police officer during Sunday's protests in Chicago's South Loop. Taylor Hall, 23, is being held on $250,000 bond.
  12. UPDATE 1:43 p.m. -- In his debut in international summitry, Francois Hollande has made a splash — and held his ground on some sharply defined positions. France's new leader grabbed attention at both the weekend's Group of Eight summit in Camp David and at the NATO summit in Chicago ending Monday, parlaying his mandate from voters in a May 6 election and showing he has his finger on the pulse of the public back home.
  13. 1:30 p.m.: President Obama said NATO set a goal for Afghan forces to take over security responsibility in 2013
  14. Local report says three people were taken to the hospital, but the executive director of the NATO Host Committee told reporters the illnesses were not verified:

  15. 1:15 p.m.: As protesters stop in the Loop, police in riot gear line the streets.
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