Forecasting future obstacles for Occupy Chicago and city officials

October 31, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Occupy Chicago protestors being arrested during early morning hours on Oct. 23, 2011.

Anyone who has survived a Chicago winter knows it is not for the faint of heart: It is cold, it is dark, it is gray and it is unforgiving.

Similarly, political missteps in the Windy City can be just as treacherous. Which made the current dance between Occupy Chicago and the City of Chicago an especially tricky one. Last week, protestors received an icy reception from Mayor Rahm Emanuel as they sought to land a permanent home for the movement.

With winter weather around the corner and the NATO and G-8 summits not long after that, what is next and what is at stake for the protestors and public officials in Chicago?

Historian Rick Perlstein talked to Steve Edwards on Eight Forty-Eight about the movement's potential short--and long-term obstacles.