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Emanuel: Downtown Businesses May Be Able To Recover Profits Lost During NATO/G8

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel says some downtown businesses that lose business because of the upcoming international summits here in Chicago this spring could get compensation from the city.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, at an unrelated event, Mayor Emanuel was asked if businesses located within the downtown security perimeter where world leaders would be staying for the NATO/G8 summits could get compensation for lost profits.

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"The host committee is working on it. They have a process for that," he said.

Obviously, there are no details, and the mayor seems to downplay talk from some business leaders who suggest they might close during the summit activity.

"Nobody has decided anything," he said. "And we're going to make this – rather than a whole week in the city where have other types of events, usually, during the week that have an impact – this is on the weekend," he said.

Specifically, the summit is set for May 19-21, but protest groups plan marches and rallies days before that.

Already, DePaul University has announced plans to close its Loop campus from Friday, May 18, to Monday, May 21. There has also been discussion of closing the courtrooms at the Daley Center downtown in the days surrounding the summit, according to published reports.

A notice posted earlier this month by the Vancouver-based Adbusters Culturejammers called on 50,000 protesters to come to the city durig the summit.

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