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Some Chicagoans Hope Olympic Bid Fails

From an outraged Associated Press:

A city worker, facing camera, who was among those trying to install an Olympic laurel and medal on a Picasso statue at Daley Plaza in Chicago struggles with protesters on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, in Chicago.

Some Chicago residents hoping Olympics bid a bust

By Don Babwin, Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO – The mayor, the president and Oprah Winfrey may hope to return to Chicago from Copenhagen with the 2016 Olympic Games, but some around town hope the International Olympic Committee deems the Second City the second city.

As in second to Rio de Janeiro. Or Tokyo. Or Madrid.

The opposition is not as visible as the "We Back the Bid" signs plastered across town. But in a city all too familiar with stories of public corruption and problems with public services, there is serious concern the games can only mean more troubles — and bills — for residents.

"I know it’s going to cost us money somehow," said Joseph Patrick, a 51-year-old stay-at-home dad. "The government doesn’t have a job (so) the only place they can get money is from us."

A new Web site — Chicagoansforrio.com — is the talk of the town and features the game "Match the Olympic host with its estimated budget overrun." About 170 protesters marched outside City Hall on Tuesday night, many insisting that no matter what organizers say, the games will push people from their homes, lead to more corruption and raise taxes.

"I don’t believe anything the city and the 2016 committee says," said Larry Rivkin, who grew up in Chicago.

At least one person was later arrested for trying to interfere with workers erecting Olympic symbols in a downtown plaza…

A poll released this month by the Chicago Tribune showed residents almost evenly split, with 47 percent in favor of the bid and 45 percent against; that’s a drop from the 2-1 support the newspaper found in a February poll

For others, concerns about taxes have only intensified since Mayor Richard Daley flip-flopped in April, telling the IOC he’d sign a contract promising the city would take full financial responsibility for the games after long maintaining he wouldn’t

Members of a group called No Games Chicago… [are] headed to Copenhagen to tell the IOC that Chicago is in such financial straits that it cannot afford the games and is such a hotbed of political corruption that it doesn’t deserve them.

"We are bringing materials to back up our claim that Chicago is not fit to host the games," said Tom Tresser, an organizer for the group.

This is almost like wishing Mr. Obama would fail.

And for many of the same reasons.

By the way, we wonder if the ‘No Games Chicago’ group is going to that YouTube video along to Copenhagen.

Unless the Olympic Committee is thinking about adding gang-warfare as a new sport.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Some Chicagoans Hope Olympic Bid Fails”

  1. canary says:

    AP: Some Chicago residents hoping Olympics bid a bust
    By Associated Press Writer Don Babwin, Sep 20 2009

    CHICAGO – The mayor, the president and Oprah Winfrey may hope to return to Chicago from Copenhagen with the 2016 Olympic Games, but some around town hope the International Olympic Committee deems the Second City the second city.

    The opposition is not as visible as the “We Back the Bid” signs plastered across town….

    A new Web site — Chicagoansforrio.com — is the talk of the town and features the game “Match the Olympic host with its estimated budget overrun.”
    About 170 protesters marched outside City Hall on Tuesday night, many insisting that no matter organizers say, the games will push people from their homes, trigger more corruption and raise taxes…

    At least one person was later arrested for trying to interfere with workers erecting Olympic symbols in a downtown plaza.

    In Chicago, though, the opposition seems to be getting stronger.

    Seconds after saying the games in Chicago would be “thrilling,” Susan Blaine was wondering what tens of thousands more riders will do to an already overwhelmed public transportation system.

    For others, concerns about taxes have only intensified since Mayor Richard Daley flip-flopped in April, telling the IOC he’d sign a contract promising the city would take full financial responsibility for the games after long maintaining he wouldn’t.

    ‘Wait a minute, we’re going to be … on the hook financially for a very large amount,'” said Anna Tarkov, who writes The Daily Daley blog and opposes the bid.
    “I just think that the history of corruption sets the stage for a brutal series of events like misuse of funds and insider dealings,” said Brian Hayes, 53, of Chicago.

    Members of a group called No Games Chicago…headed to Copenhagen to tell the IOC that Chicago
    is in such financial straits it cannot afford the games and is such a hotbed of political corruption it doesn’t deserve them.

    “We are bringing materials to back up our claim that Chicago is not fit to host the games,” said Tom Tresser, an organizer for the group.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090930/ap_on_sp_ol/oly_say_no_to_chicago;_ylt=AkJNXqrrRq6LOMwZ2A8YNHhvzwcF;_ylu=X3oDMTJtNm85NzlsBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwOTMwL29seV9zYXlfbm9fdG9fY2hpY2FnbwRjcG9zAzIEcG9zAzcEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yeQRzbGsDc29tZWNoaWNhZ29y

    • Gila Monster says:

      “For others, concerns about taxes have only intensified since Mayor Richard Daley flip-flopped in April, telling the IOC he’d sign a contract promising the city would take full financial responsibility for the games after long maintaining he wouldn’t.”

      This from a mayor who can’t rein in and balance his municipal budget.
      Although, with TCO in the game, perhaps “hizzoner” is counting on a bailout from the Fed, your tax dollars at work.

      BTW, how do Daley and the Messiah plan on hiding this ongoing tragedy from the IOC?

      http://tinyurl.com/yd59lzt

      Community organizing does diddly to reduce youth violence.

  2. electionhangovervictim says:

    “I know it’s going to cost us money somehow,” said Joseph Patrick, a 51-year-old stay-at-home dad. “The government doesn’t have a job (so) the only place they can get money is from us.”

    HA! Joseph hit the nail on the head…I’m surprised the AP decided to include his statement in the article!

  3. Confucius says:

    That logo and banner are hilarious!

    Who knew racism could be so funny?

  4. wardmama4 says:

    I think someone should fax the murder of Derrion Albert to the Olympic Committee (for full disclosure, ethical decision making and of course transparency).

    What a schmuck we have allowed the American Idol watchers to vote into the WH: Economy, War, Earmarked up bills, Pork filled bills – and the deception being used to shove Obamacare down the throats of We The People are all more vastly important than Chitown extorting the American taxpayers and Olympic Committee to benefit the Daly Machine and its empty suit in the WH.

  5. catie says:

    I hope it fails too! I want to see the Dear Leader come back with egg on his face. I’m afraid though it’s in the bag. Otherwise he wouldn’t be wasting gas going over there, King Juan Carlos notwithstanding.

  6. TwilightZoned says:

    Something tells me the bid is already in the tank.

    But just in case it isn’t, I’d like to see it go elsewhere.
    Too many of Barry’s closest Chi Town friends stand
    to make lots and lots of money. Valerie Jarrett comes
    to mind.

  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    Gee!

    Just when Chicago had its’ chance to start two (or more, S&L’rs) new Olympic games. My entries are:
    1) How much weight in drugs can you hold in your butt at one time for 30 seconds, and
    2) Who can run from the cops fastest? (obstacles included)

    We can help o-blah-blah bring those games to town, ay?

    • proreason says:

      1. Who can tell the most lies in 60 seconds.

      2. How many knees can teams of 3 people break in 24 hours.

      3. How many cigarettes can you smoke at the same time while steering Air Force One over a major city.

    • Confucius says:

      4. Who can jack the most cars.
      5. Who can mug the most seniors.
      6. Who has the most STD’s.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      7. Dead and Illegal person: Voter ID Triathalon
      8. Concrete Overcoat Individual 400 meter Lake Michigan Swim Meet
      9.San Fransicko Gay Pride Style and Show ‘Drag Racing’ (in heels)

  8. canary says:

    Fixing up the neighborhoods which is on the table, and shouldn’t be will fill the pockets of the Obamas assistant Valerie, a slum landlord as Rezko, and many of Obama’s radical friends.


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