Three delegates from No Games Chicago went to the world headquarters of the International Olympic Committee this evening in Lausanne, Switzerland.
We came with copies of our “Book of Evidence”which has 160 pages of news reports and articles from the past five years backing up our four main reasons why Chicago should not get the 2016 Olympics.
1. We’re broke. The city is $300 million in the red and just announced lay offs of 2,500 city workers, including 1,000 from the Chicago Public Schools.
2. We’re incompetent and corrupt. Our big construction projects go massively over budget and experience long delays. In addition, some of the people the IOC is dealing with may be under federal investigation.
3. Our infrastructure is broke. Our city is crumbling and the mass transit system needs upgrading and expansion. How can we handle the hundreds of thousands of people who would come here for the games when we can’t take care of our own needs today?
4. Lack of public support. When people realize that the taxpayers will be picking up the tab for the games, they oppose the bid three-to-one.