If you’ve been to the 2016 community meetings as No Games Chicago has – you’ll recall hearing the claim that no taxpayer money has been or will be spent on the games. No Games has challenged that claim repeatedly – wondering how they keep failing to include the almost $200 million for the purchase, demo, remediation and TIFs committed to the Village in their calculations.
Now the Civic Federation report lifts up an obscure point that the city will spend $35 million IT DOESN’T HAVE for two venues that IT DOESN’T NEED – from page 73 of the L.E.K. report.
Oh, wait, they will probably say “We meant to build those facilities all along!” That’s what Lori Healy said about the purchase of the Michael Reese Hospital site. “The city wanted to purchase that site for development for a long time” she told a group of women at a private reception in mid June. But Pat Ryan told us a different story at the last 2016 community meeting at the Palmer House. He told the crowd in answer to a question from a No Games member that it was the 2016 Committee who approached the Mayor with the idea to acquire the site.