No Games Chicago
June 6, 2009
member of the International Olympic Committee:
We are the No Games Coalition. We met with a number of your Evaluation
Commission members on April 7 and laid out our reasons why we feel Chicago is not an
appropriate place to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
We are pleased to send you the third No Games Chicago
Newsletter. We remind you of the four major reasons why you might decide that Chicago would not be a
good choice for the 2016 Olympic Games.
- Our federal, state, county and city governments are in dire financial
circumstances, and there is every possibility that there would not be available
funds to pay the many costs associated with an event of the quality we are sure
you would want.
2) Infrastructure. Our mass transit facilities, roads, and other
publicly supported structures are in need of expensive upgrading that can
barely handle our daily needs, let alone the pressure that would surely be
placed upon it by the crowds that these games might attract. Furthermore, we have no plans and apparently
no funds to undertake much-needed work in time for use in 2016.
and Incompetence. Our newspapers
regularly bring news of executed or expected indictments of public officials as
well as corruption in many quarters of the city and state. We also have seen documentation of public
incompetence in handling matters that affect millions of citizens here. This
may add much expense and delay as you carry out the complex series of
arrangements that would be needed for your project.
of Public Support. This is reflected in
polls showing support for Olympic Games falling as the financial realities,
sink in, as well as the difficulties to be encountered such as may be
exemplified by the problems around the use or elimination of historic
structures, each with their supporters who in true Chicago fashion may well
seek lengthy and expensive delays through court action.
Thank you for your kind attention!
No Games Chicago
|We want to share this column from a major sports writer for the Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago doesn't deserve 2016 Olympics
Blatantly corrupt or simply stupid? City
unworthy of 2016 Games
BY RICK TELANDER Sun-Times Columnist -
June 5, 2009
There are times when you get sent to your room without
Without dinner, even.
This is such a time.
The City of Chicago, led by Mayor Daley and a
vast and tumorous army of aldermen and bagmen and yesmen and opportunists and
spineless, parasitic political-machine halfwits of forms never seen outside the
roiling cesspool of governmental slop-trough greed, has proven itself unworthy
of something as potentially delicious and fulfilling as the 2016 Olympic Games.
There was an opportunity there.
But the pitiful stuff just keeps on comin',
warnings be damned.
Best ever was the city parking meter deal
that gave a private company the rights to all the quarters Chicago parkers can shove into sidewalk
machines until 2084.
''Duh Mare,'' who could still be in office in
2016, and his boys pushed that one through so fast it boggles the mind.
Forget the fact the city took an estimated
$974 million less than what the 75 years worth of revenue was worth. Or the
fact any fool can jack up meter rates and provide meters that don't work.
The City Council rubber-stamped Daley's idea
for gaining some upfront whip-out cash. When the machines didn't work, Daley said ...
Hey, lay off. Does your own computer work all duh time?
The politics of pay-for-play and skimming and
old-fashioned, suspender-snapping, cigar-chomping, big-bellied ''Where's
mine?'' clout is so vibrant and alive and grotesquely arrogant here in Chicago that it is very
nearly a breathing, slime-dripping creature worthy of a Star Wars-style nuclear
There there must be ramifications for being
blatantly corrupt and/or stupid.
There must be.
Put on a sporting display for the world in
Big shots blew it
Sorry, all you business and political big
shots who are trying to ram this Olympics-are-good-for-you thing down the
You blew it.
You didn't change your appetites, your sloth,
your animal dumbness.
Why, just a month ago, Michael Scott, the president of the Chicago Public Schools
board, sent an e-mail to all the city's school principals telling them to raise
the Chicago 2016 Olympic flag and start promoting Mayor Daley's pet project.
Think that's unbiased? Think there might not
be, uh, ''problems'' for reluctant or skeptical principals?
This is the town where boating clubs have
already been warned by the Chicago Yachting Association that there might be
''retribution'' for opposing the Olympic bid and the water and harbor
difficulties the Games will create.
I myself will be expecting some kind of tax
auditing or car-booting or camera-surveillance for my rebellious views, or, who
knows -- leg-breakers? -- to help me ''understand'' the benefits of the Games
to our town.
Mayor Daley's Chicago regime is a joke that plays like an
old whoopee cushion.
We won't even bring up the fact former
governor ''Hot Rod'' Blagojevich was once an instrumental part of Chicago's 2016 Games bid.
If there was more clown greasepaint that his family could put on, it would need
a face the size of a billboard to do it.
first lady Patti Blagojevich is on a reality TV show -- because her
gerbil-cheeked, heavily-indicted husband was forbidden by the law to be on it
-- eating bugs and being humiliated and semi-tortured for cash.
We're down to slapstick
Dear God, we don't ask for
decency in Chicago or Illinois politics. We don't even ask for
intelligence. But is it wrong to ask for something less than slapstick?
Yet things just get worse and worse with our
political leaders. What, 26 aldermen have been to prison in modern times?
Alderman Isaac Carothers, a longtime West
Side Daley hack and political operations insider, is allegedly so corrupt that
even wearing a wire for the feds (which he did) didn't prevent him from being
indicted the other day for fraud and bribery.
Michael Jordan and even Barack Obama himself
are going to speak out for the Chicago
Do you know how much money Chicago stands to lose in this deal? Are you
a wheeler-dealer? A connected guy? A Daley relative hooked up to pension-fund
You'll pay, if you're not.
I guarantee you. I promise you.
bid folks have a massive public-relations war chest. All we citizens have is common sense, and the
knowledge of what goes on here.
they have governmental corruption that is so over-the-top it's funny.
Ours is just dumb as snot.
Bad kids should be punished.
To bed. No food. The end.