Chicago group takes gripes to Olympic HQ

Three representatives of the group "No Games Chicago" traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland to deliver what they call "evidence" that Chicago doesn't' deserve the Olympic Games. (Photo by Ben Bradley)
June 16, 2009 12:59:26 PM PDT
They traveled 4,000 miles and spent several thousand dollars of their own money to deliver a simple message: We don't want the Olympics in Chicago.Three representatives of the group "No Games Chicago" made a perfectly timed visit to International Olympic Committee Headquarters in Switzerland. They arrived just as IOC President Jacques Rogge concluded a press briefing, which meant many reporters were on hand to document their gripes.

"Lack of money. Lack of competence. Lack of infrastructure. Lack of public support. How's that?" responded Tom Tresser when I asked why Chicago doesn't deserve the Games. Tresser and his cadre delivered boxes of news clippings to the IOC detailing corruption and budget problems in Chicago and Illinois.

A reporter from Chicago 2016 competitor Rio de Janeiro even helped the No Games group carry their boxes into the IOC offices. The Olympic Committee's chief communications officer met with Tresser. The IOC's Evaluation Commission also listened to the group's gripes during their visit to Chicago in April.


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