With all the law enforcement on scene for the NATO summit, was the state left on the hook for some of the cost? The answer is no, according to Gov. Pat Quinn. “Our law enforcement costs, we have an agreement with the defense department on that,” Quinn said. According to the governor’s office, the state has been assured federal reimbursement for any costs incurred by NATO. That includes reimbursement for State Troopers, the Illinois National Guard and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
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State Troopers kept a watchful eye over the Thompson Center during NATO and National Guard soldiers ferried international dignitaries to and from O’Hare Airport. Quinn says IEMA was fully deployed during the two day summit. Quinn used the NATO summit to meet with several foreign heads of state in order to strengthen economic partnerships and increase trade. But he, like many weary Chicagoans, agreed one NATO summit is enough. “Overall it was a good effort,” Quinn said. “I don’t think we want to have NATO every year but it certainly was a once in a lifetime, special occasion where we showed the world, literally, 61 countries, what Chicago and Illinois are all about.”