Chicago says "No Games!"
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September 23, 2009
The People Speak

The Olympics are 6 1/2 years away, do you really think Chicago will be in any better shape to host them? Does the Olympic committe in Copenhagen know to host the games in Chicago would be a disaster!? How about 1 million plus people using our outdated roadways, you think traffic is bad now, forget it. Or our transit system thats falling apart, what a way to showcase or city! Or how about the fact that were the murder capital of the world, i feel sorry for those tourists coming home late from all those events! Daley would love for all them sucker tourists to pump quarters in those meters, nobody else is. Copenhagen should realize were the most corrupt city in the nation, [SAYS FBI], the most dangerous and expensive and probably be the most embarrassing Olympics in history. But they did a good job in covering that up for I.O.C members. Lets hope there not the kind of people who dont see through all the deception, greed and downright evilness of our city.

Comment on line at Chicago Sun-Times coverage of Mayor Daley's comments that it would take "an earthquake or a tornado" for taxpayers to incur expenses for the 2016 Olympics.

Daley approval rating at 35%

Dear Member of the International Olympic Committee:

Dave Zirin is the sports writer for The Nation Magazine. His column today addressed the wisdom of President Obama going to Copenhagen to try to convince you to give Chicago the 2016 Olympics.


Dave Zorin - September 22, 2009

"... In fact, the very idea that Chicago could be the setting for the Olympics could have been hatched by Jon Stewart for a four-year supply of comedic fodder. To greater or lesser degrees, the Olympics bring gentrification, graft and police violence wherever they nest. Even without the Olympic Games, Chicago has been ground zero in the past decade for the destruction of public housing (gentrification), political corruption (it ain't just Blagojevich; I can't remember the last Illinois governor who didn't end up behind bars) and police violence (the death row torture scandals). Bringing the Olympics to this town would be like sending a gift basket filled with bottles of Jim Beam to the Betty Ford Clinic: overconsumption followed by disaster.

It's also difficult for Chicago residents to see how this will help their pocketbooks, given that Daley pledged to the International Olympic Committee that any cost overruns would be covered by taxpayers.

This is why a staggering 84 percent of the city opposes bringing the Games to Chicago."

Read the full column.