Dear Member of the International Olympic Committee:
Many people from Chicago will be meeting with you. Our President will be meeting with you. Unfortunately, NONE of them speaks for the vast majority of the citizens of Chicago who feel as we do that the 2016 Olympics is the wrong project for the wrong city at the wrong time.
Will you allow us to come before you at a time of your choosing BEFORE you vote on Friday? Many of you have been following our daily email updates, which we have been sending you since late July. We hope you have found them informative and useful in your deliberations.
Our local phone number is 011-45- 416-89740.
No Games Chicago
We have told you that the government of Chicago is plagued with corruption and incompetence. We have told you that this results in terrible management, cost overruns and risk. In this case, there is also the real danger of security lapses resulting from unqualified people making key decisions based on personal gain and not on the public's welfare.
Here is a report from yesterday revealing that a top official tasked with security and readiness has been accused of fraudulent practices. These are the kind of people that will building and managing the Olympics if they come to Chicago.
Report: Fire city public safety exec
- FRAN SPIELMAN Chicago Sun-Times - September 29, 2009
inspector general's office is recommending the firing of the No. 2 man
at Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications for
alleged contract irregularities that cost taxpayers $2.25 million.
Argiropoulos, the $149,832-a-year first deputy who once served as
OEMC's acting director, is accused of engineering a scheme that
culminated in the falsification of documents to expedite the purchase
of a new 911 dispatch console system from Schaumburg-based Motorola.
Chicago taxpayers have yet to receive anything for their money.
The inspector general's office is recommending the firing of Jim
Agripoulos for alleged contract irregularities that cost taxpayers
The alleged irregularities took place in 2004 and 2005 while Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman was running OEMC.
Without a contract to justify the console purchase -- and apparently
unwilling to wade through the normal bidding process -- Argiropoulos
allegedly ordered underlings to find a way to get it done. As a result,
a phony voucher was issued for 18,000 handheld radios under an existing
No sooner had the company started ordering software than
Argiropoulos allegedly demanded an upgrade, with the $2.25 million
payment applied to the new system.
When Motorola balked at the demand, Argiropoulos allegedly played
hardball: If Motorola didn't give him what he wanted, its future city
contracts would be in jeopardy, according to sources familiar with the
inspector general's report.
Argiropoulos could not be reached for comment. Motorola spokesman
Steve Gorecki referred questions to the city. The company was not
accused of wrongdoing.
The Motorola investigation was first disclosed by the Chicago Sun-Times in May 2008.
The following day, the newspaper reported that Argiropoulos had
stripped a $104,804-a-year underling of his respon- sibilities after
the subordinate provided key information to investigators probing the
$2.25 million in payments to Motorola beyond the scope of the company's