The [Thursday] Papers
"Mayor Rahm Emanuel easily won approval Wednesday for two measures that will tighten parade rules, increase fines for violating the restrictions and give him unfettered power to spend money on two international summits coming to Chicago in May," the Tribune reports.
New protest rules will be in effect.
Occupy via Chicago
"On Wednesday, the protesters held a carefully-scripted press conference in front of the former world headquarters of Bank of America.
"A half dozen activist groups, including the California Nurses Association and Iraq Veterans Against the War, held up identical 'Occupy Wall Street West' signs as they stood in a semicircle around a bank of broadcasters' microphones. One person dressed up as a giant squid to symbolize the global reach of Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment giant.
"The speakers included Vivian Richardson, a San Francisco homeowner who credited the Occupy movement with helping her resist foreclosure, and R. Warren Langley, 69, who served as president of the now-defunct Pacific Stock Exchange until 1999.
"Langley's grew up in Alabama and served in the U.S. Air Force before beginning his career in finance.
"As an executive at Hull Trading in Chicago, he lobbied for the deregulation of financial services, he said. But as he contemplated the future of his grandchildren, he rejected the positions of his former colleagues.
"'It's not that these people are doing anything illegal,' he said. 'It's just that the laws have been set up for them. The game has been rigged. This is the last chance to level the playing field so my grandchildren can enjoy the kind of opportunities I enjoyed.'
"Langley said he planned to demonstrate in front of a Bank of America branch on Friday."
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