Chicago group takes gripes to Olympic HQ

June 16, 2009 (LAUSANNE, Switzerland) 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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