Some residents of Chicago aren’t necessarily thrilled about the idea of the Summer Olympics coming to their city:
CHICAGO – The mayor, the president and Oprah Winfrey may hope to return to Chicago from Copenhagen with the , but some around town hope the deems the Second City the second city.
As in second to Rio de Janeiro. Or Tokyo. Or Madrid.
The opposition is not as visible as the “We Back the Bid” signs plastered across town. But in a city all too familiar with stories of public corruption and problems with public services, there is serious concern the games can only mean more troubles — and bills — for residents.
“I know it’s going to cost us money somehow,” said Joseph Patrick, a 51-year-old stay-at-home dad. “The government doesn’t have a job (so) the only place they can get money is from us.”
A new Web site — Chicagoansforrio.com — is the talk of the town and features the game “Match the Olympic host with its estimated budget overrun.” About 170 protesters marched outside City Hall on Tuesday night, many insisting that no matter what organizers say, the games will push people from their homes, lead to more corruption and raise taxes.
“I don’t believe anything the city and the 2016 committee says,” said Larry Rivkin, who grew up in Chicago.
And, a recent Chicago Tribune poll finds surprising ambivalence about the Games:
A poll released this month by the Chicago Tribune showed residents almost evenly split, with 47 percent in favor of the bid and 45 percent against; that’s a drop from the 2-1 support the newspaper found in a February poll.
So, maybe they won’t be too disappointed if Rio gets the Games after all