Who will pay up? Chicago's G8 'challenge'

October 24, 2011

(Reuters/File)
Anti-G8 summit demonstrators carry banners as they stage a protest march in France in May 2011.

There's still no word on who will pay for security during the G8 and NATO summits Chicago is hosting next year. The head of Chicago's 911 center said the international meetings will be a "challenge" for all city departments.

Gary Schenkel told the city council Monday he's been in contact with congressional offices and federal agencies about reimbursement.

"That question is still to be answered as to the costs, because they will be somewhat substantial," said Schenkel, who is the director of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications. "But there is also an effort underway through the mayor's office to raise funds to help offset those costs."

Schenkel said it's the city's "desire" to have the costs paid for by the federal government and by private donors.

Ald. Scott Waguespack said Monday he's concerned the costs will end up falling on taxpayers.

The G8 and NATO summits will take place in Chicago next May.