In Chicago, Some Protest Olympic Bid One group of Chicagoans is heading off to Copenhagen to try to win the 2016 Olympic Games for Chicago, but others are gathering in the Windy City to rally against the games. Contrary to popular opinion, some people in Chicago would rather the games go anywhere else.
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In Chicago, Some Protest Olympic Bid

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NPR's David Schaper checked in with locals who do not want the games coming to their city.


The Olympics are the talk of Chicago, whether it's on talk radio or blogs, at downtown restaurants or neighborhood saloons, almost everyone seems to have an opinion on hosting the games and whether Chicago can even be trusted to pull it off cleanly.

JACK MALONE: I think the Olympics are wonderful, I just don't think they're good to be in Chicago.

SCHAPER: Jack Malone is an accountant from the city's north side, and joined about 250 other Chicagoans and suburbanites protesting Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games outside of city hall last night.

MALONE: I mean, you can only showcase the city once all the problems in the city are done, in my opinion. We have a lot of problems in the city that are not being taken care of.

BILL SCHANDELMEIER: The Olympic Games will not improve the quality of life for most Chicagoans.

SCHAPER: Bill Schandelmeier argues that few city residents would benefit from the games, but all would end up paying for them.

SCHANDELMEIER: The mayor has consistently said that this won't cost the taxpayers additional revenue, but that's a lie. We know that there has been cost overruns on project after project.

SCHAPER: And Schandelmeier says Chicago's rogue(ph) brand of politics and occasional penchant for corrupt contracting would certainly worm its way into the multibillion dollar Olympic budget. Barbara Chadwick, a retiree from the city's northwest side, worries not only about the cost and possible corruption, but about transit and traffic headaches too.

BARBARA CHADWICK: Ugh, I can't even imagine. I mean, as it is, the expressways in Chicago are a nightmare much of the day.

SCHAPER: And it's not just those protesting the games who have a problem with Chicago's bid.

ANNETTE OLSEN: I mean, it's gonna be opportunity for Chicago, but I don't want to pay for it.

SCHAPER: At the Golden Nugget restaurant and pancake house on the city's northwest side, waitress Annette Olsen says every day she sees other priorities the city needs to be spending its money on.

OLSEN: Streets, potholes, crime, drugs, schools.

SCHAPER: David Schaper, NPR News, Chicago.

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