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"The Battle For The Bid - One Year Later"

Tom Tresser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

A little more than one year after the October 2 decision to award the 2016 Olympic games to Rio, organizers of No Games Chicago will discuss what happ...

Chicago Olympics Bid Chief: No Way To Beat Rio

Chicago Tribune | Kathy Bergen and Philip Hersh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Though Chicago's campaign for the 2016 Summer Games went down in flames in the first round of voting, there was nothing more the city could have done ...

What Happened in Copenhagen (When We Went to Influence the IOC -- Again)

Tom Tresser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

We had penetrated the multiple rings of security, outfaced the bureaucracy of the International Olympic Committee and stood our ground to deliver information that the mayor, the 2016 Committee and the entire business elite of Chicago didn't want to see and didn't want to acknowledge.

An Open Letter to Mayor Daley and the Olympic Team

Hermene Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

Maybe we should look within and rather than attract international visitors, let's look into our own backyards and communities and teach our youth how to be Olympians and how to compete.

Majority Of Americans Want Chicago Olympics: Poll

Chicago Sun-Times | LISA DONOVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago 2016 CEO Patrick Ryan said a poll conducted last week shows 72 percent of Chicagoans back bringing the Games to the city while 84 percent of A...

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...

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...

Olympic Village To Cost Around $1.18 Billion, Use TIF Money

Chicago Tribune | Kathy Bergen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The tab for building an Olympic Village typically is reported to be about $1 billion, but a tally of various associated costs puts the total at $1.18 ...

Alderman Want Olympics Leaders To Come Clean On Costs

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Several aldermen are demanding complete details about the city's proposed financial guarantee for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games so they can have them ...

Olympics Leaders Hold Closed-Door Briefings With Aldermen Following Uproar

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Monday, the Chicago 2016 Olympics committee leaders balked at the idea of publicly briefing the City Council about a wrinkle that could put taxpaye...

Chicago Olympic Bid Chief Downplays Taxpayer Burden, Reveals City Knew It Would Have To Ante Up

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The head of Chicago's Olympic bid committee tried to calm anger Monday over Mayor Daley's disclosure last week that the city will sign a contract assu...

Chicago Olympics Chief Downplays Expectations

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

Chicago is not the favorite to land the 2016 Olympics, regardless of what insiders, experts and pundits have to say....

Chicago Olympic Bid: Leaders Optimistic, Community Groups Angry

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Leaders of Chicago's Olympic bid were quite pleased with the results of the IOC's recent evaluation visit, the AP reports. But just as Chicago 2016 ch...

$86 Million Olympic Village Deal Approved

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley's plan to borrow $86 million to acquire Michael Reese Hospital property for a $1.1 billion Olympic Village sailed through a City Council W...

City Council Wants More Diversity In Chicago Olympic Bid

Crain's Chicago Business | Lorene Yue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Finance Committee of Chicago's City Council has postponed deciding whether the city should purchase the Michael Reese Hospital site for its Olympi...

Chicago Olympic Bid Money Could Be Short

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago 2016 Olympic planners on Friday revised their venue plan to turn an even brighter spotlight on Washington Park and Northerly Island -- and low...

2016 Olympics Could Generate $22.5B For Chicago: Study

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz and John Pletz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Winning the 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Games would spark $22.5 billion in economic activity in Illinois, according to a new study prepared for the c...

Chicago Olympic Village Site Set

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Construction of a $1.1 billion Olympic Village will be moved to the campus of Michael Reese Hospital after all, now that the property owner has agreed...

CTA to Eject Rush-Hour Riders?

Mike Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Doyle

The CTA remains adamant that its continuous-rider policy is not aimed at homeless people. But the hypocrisy behind the agency's policy is brutally evident.

Obama Doesn't Make Chicago Olympics Front Runner: Bid Chief

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

From AFP: The election of Illinois senator and Chicago resident Barack Obama does not make Chicago the front runner for the race to win the right to...

Chicago Olympic Village Could Still Be At Reese Hospital Site

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It looks like the on-again, off-again plan to move the $1.1 billion Olympic Village to the campus of Michael Reese Hospital could be back on again. A...

Daley Going To Turkey For Olympic Meeting

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley has traveled the world to promote Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. He's about to pile up even more frequent-flier mile...

Olympic Plans Hit Snag

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Faced with soaring demolition and environmental cleanup costs and a recalcitrant property owner, the Daley administration has broken off talks aimed a...

The Public Cost Of A Chicago Olympics

Chicago Reader | Ben Joravsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The big news from Tuesday's mayoral budget hearing is that the Olympics are back to being free. That's right: building, staging, and removing the ven...