Whereas most of the city’s political and civic elite were ready to lead us off the financial cliff.
iO leaves behind two decades of history as it moves to founder Charna Halpern’s “dream theater.”
MMA’s only out transgender pro Fallon Fox is a devastating force in the ring and when she’s advocating for trans rights.
Reflections on the end of an error.
I realize that’s it’s more arcane IOC politics than anything else that doomed this bid, but at least it doomed it. I just hope this will have some blowback on Daley, both to tarnish his legacy and so we can boot his ass.
Below the fold, because we’ve all had a lot.
So most people, including me, were surprised that Chicago was eliminated in the first round of the IOC vote. Kevin Guilfoile has a (conspiracy) theory. Update: Another theory: “it was made clear to us that Chicago was going to have some difficulty in gaining the selection for a number of reasons including that we have […]
First round. Wow. QOTD: Mark Bazer on WGN radio, from Daley Plaza: “Even the Picasso sculpture just up and left.” Update: Tokyo’s out. No one ever listens to me. QOTD #2: WGN host (I’m closely paraphrasing): “There are now two cities left, though there’s probably much less interest in Chicago now. In sports, the Cubs […]
In case you weren’t up all night watching some of the most star-studded business meetings on earth:
* Mark Starr, former Newsweek Olympics expert, thinks that Rio is the best bet, and that their biggest problem as far as closing the deal is actually being the frontrunner. (h/t Mike) * NYT: Chicago – it’s the TV revenues, stupid. * Just heard on WGN: Phil Hersh quotes David Wallechinsky as saying without the […]
From the White House: RHETORIC: BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN IT “HAD THE OLYMPICS.” Glenn Beck said, “Vancouver lost, how much was it? they lost a billion dollars when they had the Olympics.” [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09] REALITY: VANCOUVER’S OLYMPICS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL 2010. Vancouver will host the 2010 Olympic […]
David Broder: “He may have bigger challenges now and in years to come, but nothing will endear Barack Obama to some of us more [Ed. note: !] than his decision to take a quick transatlantic round trip to lobby the International Olympic Committee on behalf of Chicago’s bid to be the host city of the […]
Oh, no: “But those tip jars reflect a negativity I sense is spreading. It’s an attitude virus that Chicago’s Olympics promoters might have counteracted if they had listened carefully to what Chicagoans are saying about the Olympics, and if they’d made a bigger pitch for one little word: fun.” I don’t think talking even further […]
One last argument for why Chicago doesn’t need, want, or deserve the 2016 Olympic games.
A European report concludes that the games do more harm than good for local tourism.