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An Olympic Guarantee You Can Count On

Alden Loury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alden Loury

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.

2016 Olympics Financial Benefit Far Less Than Predicted: Report

Crain's Chicago Business | John Pletz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The economic boost from the Olympics will be about one-fourth the size claimed by the Chicago 2016 bid committee, according to a study to be released ...

Obama Set To Make Big Olympics Trip: Report

Crain's Chicago Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It looks like Barack Obama is heading to Copenhagen to make a personal pitch to the International Olympic Committee....

Daley On Olympics: 'This Is All About Jobs'

CBS 2 | Jay Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When Mayor Daley talks about the Olympics, he's clearly focused more on jobs and money than track and field....

Paralympics: A Bonus Beyond Olympic Games

Jane Dwyre Garton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jane Dwyre Garton

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.

U.S. Olympics Insurance Has Multi-Billion Dollar Hole

Crain's Chicago Business | John Pletz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Richard M. Daley and Patrick Ryan assure Chicago taxpayers that a safety net of insurance would insulate them from the financial risks of hostin...

Daley 'Getting More Confident' Chicago Will Land 2016 Olympics

Chicago Tribune | Dan P. Blake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Richard Daley today said he was "getting more confident" that Chicago will be chosen host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics when international o...

Obama Laying Groundwork For Olympics Trip

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President Barack Obama personally gave the order to send a White House advance team to Copenhagen and would "love" to be there himself next week to ar...

Michelle Obama On Chicago Olympics: Emotional Pitch Planned, "There Won't Be A Dry Eye"

Bloomberg.com | John McCormick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A top White House adviser said first lady Michelle Obama is planning to make a dramatic presentation when she offers the closing argument for the bid ...

Will He or Won't He? Obama the Key to Chicago's Olympic Dream

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

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.

Obama Jousts With Lightsaber, Winces At Judo At Olympics Rally (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President Obama rolled out the red carpet for Chicago's 2016 Olympics bid Wednesday with a White House rally in support of his hometown's bid. "Chica...

White House To Hold Chicago Olympics Event On South Lawn

Chicago Tribune | Katherine Skiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome Mayor Richard Daley and Olympic athletes to the White House on Wednesday to promote ...

Oprah Open To Pitching Chicago's Olympic Bid In Copenhagen

Chicago Tribune | Michael Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Oprah Winfrey said today that she is open to the idea of going to Copenhagen next month to help Chicago sell its bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics....

Michelle Obama Going To Copenhagen To Pitch Chicago's 2016 Olympics Bid

Huffington Post | Ben Goldberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The U.S. is counting on First Lady Michelle Obama to help secure the 2016 Summer Olympics for Chicago. Obama will head to Copenhagen, Denmark next ...

USOC CEO: Chicago Trails In 2016 Olympics Race

WBBM Newsradio | Bob Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The chief executive officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee said Wednesday that she does not believe Chicago is in the lead in its bid for the 2016 Olym...

Why 'Trust Us' Doesn't Cut it for the Olympics

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

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.

Mark Brown: 'The Olympics Would Be Great For Chicago'

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Olympics would be great for Chicago. This seems obvious to me on its face, and yet I realize it has become an increasingly unpopular viewpoint....

Support For Chicago Olympics Drops In Tribune Poll

Chicago Tribune | Todd Lighty and Kathy Bergen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Support in Chicago for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games has dwindled, with residents now sharply divided over whether the city should host the Games, a T...

IOC Releases 2016 Olympics Evaluation Report (READ THE FULL REPORT)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday released an evaluation report of the four cities competing to host the 2016 Summer Olympics: Ch...

Top Chicago Olympics Officials Draw Six-Figure Salaries

Chicago Sun-Times | FRAN SPIELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley's chief of staff got a whopping 41 percent pay raise -- to $250,000 a year -- when she jumped off the City Hall merry-go-round to become p...

Alderman, Daley Pitch Conflicting Olympics Oversight Plans

Chicago Tribune | David Heinzmann and Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With little more than a month until the International Olympics Committee decides whether Chicago will get the 2016 Summer Games, aldermen are unveilin...

What Happened in Switzerland (When We Met the IOC)

Tom Tresser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

'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.

Daley Vastly Overestimating Economic Impact Of 2016 Games: Report

Crain's Chicago Business | John Pletz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Richard M. Daley's prediction that the 2016 Olympics would give Chicago's economy a $22.5-billion boost vastly overstates the likely benefits of...

Olympics Bid Met With Suspicion In Bronzeville

Progress Illinois | Angela Caputo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ever since they got a whiff of proposed plans to turn their Chicago neighborhoods into ground zero for the 2016 Olympics, many South Side residents ha...

The Push to the Finish Continues

Patrick Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Patrick Ryan

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.