Nobel Peace Prize Laureates are coming to Illinois this spring. Chicago has been picked to host the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The event will be held April 23-25 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It will be the first time the summit will be held in North America.
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Organizers say the summit is co-chaired by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and former Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city is honored to host the three-day gathering. He says Chicago's selection reflects the city's profile as an international leader. The summit's theme will be "Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights."