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Courthouse weddings off

Updated: June 17, 2012 8:22AM



Hoping to get hitched in front of a judge downtown this Saturday?

Well, it won’t happen this weekend, thanks to the NATO Summit.

The Marriage and Civil Union Court at 119 W. Randolph will be closed Saturday, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced Tuesday. Weekend weddings at suburban courthouses were axed as a result of budget cuts.

The court will re-open Monday.

In addition, the Cook County Law Library, also housed in the Daley Center court complex, will close on Friday at 5 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. and will be closed on Saturday.

With protesters expected to start descending en masse on Friday, law enforcement officials have been discussing whether to close the concourse level of the Daley Center court complex. For that reason, traffic courtrooms on the lower level will be shut Friday afternoon. For more information, go to the clerk’s website, cookcoun
tyclerkofcourt.org.

NATO protesters released from jail

The first protesters arrested NATO Summit week — eight members of the Catholic Workers group who stormed President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign headquarters on Monday — were all released from jail by Tuesday, except one. Chicagoan Chris Spicer, 29, pleaded innocent, triggering eight more days in jail.

Three of the arrestees were released on I-bonds Monday night. Four spent the night in jail, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor trespassing, and were released Tuesday afternoon, with sentences ranging from time served to six months court supervision.

­Maudlyne Ihejirika

NATO invites
Pakistan to summit

NATO on Tuesday invited Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to the alliance’s summit in Chicago, after signs that the country could be moving to reopen its Afghan border to NATO military supplies.

Spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said Pakistan was being invited to the summit along with a number of other non-NATO nations. These include countries that contribute to the NATO-led force, nations from the region, as well as Japan and several international organizations. About 60 countries and organizations are expected to be represented.

In Islamabad, a spokesman for Pakistan’s president said NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen phoned Zardari on Tuesday to invite him to the meeting. The spokesman said Zardari would consider the invitation, which he said was not linked to any reopening of supply lines.

The supply route has been closed for nearly six months in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops. AP



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