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Olympic Committee And Minority Groups Strike Equality Deal

First Posted: 04/26/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:10 PM ET

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The president of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games says the committee has agreed to share any hiring and economic opportunities with underserved communities.

Chicago 2016 President Lori Healey on Thursday announced the signing of a legally binding document that outlines equality efforts in hiring and contracting for the games, as well as affordable housing.

The groups that could benefit from the agreement include minorities, women, the disabled, former offenders, at-risk youth and veterans.

Chicago Urban League president Cheryle Jackson says her organization is "excited and encouraged" by the agreement.

Members of the International Olympic Committee are due to tour Chicago next week.

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Filed by Ben Goldberger  |