Tens of billions of taxpayers' dollars have been spent on these useless spectacles, and the venues built at enormous expense generally go unused after the games are over.
The purpose of No Games Chicago's trip is to take a simple message to the members of the IOC -- the people of Chicago do not want the 2016 Olympics.
Why is Arne Duncan going to Copenhagen? Maybe the IOC will want to hear what steps he is taking to ensure that the rest of our nation's public schools begin performing at the level of those in Chicago.
Obama: "I am more determined than ever to get health care done in the next thousand years."
I found Obama's Olympics lobbying to be the ultimate rebuke to the people of New Orleans regarding his torpor when it comes to remedying the aftermath of the failure of the federal levees four years ago.
Let's show the world what Chicago culture is all about with some new events: Relay races with plain white envelope hand-offs. Blame volleyball. Synchronized aldermen.
Olympics have displaced more than two million people in the last 20 years, especially minorities and the poor. With or without the Games, we're witnessing the clearing of two miles of lakefront property.
What cannot be overlooked in a maze of economic development, sponsorship, job creation, urban renewal, and transportation concerns is the Paralympics, which follow after each Olympics.
Obama has several no-win situations. The only way he looks good is if Chicago gets the 2016 Olympics without him there, which is not likely according to at least one guy who oughta know.
For all the pre-publicity, the Jay Leno Show is still the same Jay Leno Show. It just has a different name.
The mayor who gave us the hired truck scandal, the parking meter debacle and the middle-of-the-night destruction of Meigs Field is asking taxpayers to take a great leap of faith with this Olympic venture.
'Why are you here?' the IOC representative asked. I explained that we are citizens who believe that hosting the Olympics would be a disaster for Chicago.
If we win the Games, the financial and social benefits generated would be tremendous--jobs, economic development, affordable housing, improved parks, and sports programs for thousands and thousands of kids.
Rio's ferociously proud population is high with anticipation for hosting the World Cup and wants to showcase what more it can do.
The privately-funded efforts of World Sport Chicago will continue no matter the 2016 Games selection. But if Chicago is chosen, the profile and programs of WSC -along with its funding--are expected to grow.
The greatest risk we face is not taking advantage of this unique opportunity to engage and enrich Chicago's children by hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games.