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.
Our esteemed legislators in Springfield are getting their ducks in a row this week and when they're done, we'll be in for a nibbling like we never imagined.
As far as we know, no other group of citizens has taken this journey to Switzerland and the heart of the Olympic movement to present their protests directly to the IOC in defiance of the leaders of their city's bid apparatus.
The International Olympic Selection Committee just completed a week long visit to Rio and prospects seem good that the Olympics will come to South America for the first time.
As we insist on adding competitions that let the pros in to a greater and greater extent, the chance to see more offbeat yet potentially thrilling contests evaporates.
The Olympics are being sold to the people of Chicago with a massive, hype machine-fueled litany of promises and claims.
It's troubling that after two years of holding fundraising dinners with the rich, Chicago 2016 has yet to truly showcase one of the city's best assets - its diversity.
A U.S.-hosted World Cup would be a stark contrast to the 2016 Olympics which, up until now, has put stars only in the eyes of the few who stand to cash in on it.
Chicagoans can look forward to massive city debt, destruction of public parks, insider deals and a full frontal assault on civil liberties if we are awarded the 2016 Olympic Games.
It may be the biggest heist in Chicago history, folks, and it's right under our noses. Or our feet, anyway.
Is this just one more misguided civic attempt to whitewash--here meant very literally--the public portrait of the city being displayed to the International Olympic Committee in order to win the 2016 Olympic Games?