The [Thursday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
On Chicago Tonight last night, Chicago 2016 CEO Lori Healey said that public support "generally was in the 70 percent range."
A Tribune poll out today says just 47 percent of city residents support the Games. That's down from 61 percent in February. And 84 percent "disapprove of using tax revenue to cover any loss."
Pat Ryan refused to comment on the poll.
In other words, he refused to even acknowledge its existence.
Also, in other words, Chicagoans by and large don't seem to want the Olympics here.
As more facts have emerged about the bid - pried from the cold, clammy hands of Chicago 2016 and City Hall - support has dropped.
In fact, you might say that there is a direct correlation between the exposure of facts and support for the bid.
"Even a majority of those who favor the Olympics opposed using taxes to cover losses and were against the unlimited guarantee," the Tribune found.
Every Olympic city must sign the host contract, though, which includes the unlimited guarantee.
City Hall has known this from the start. The media should have too.
"Ald. Manuel Flores (1st) held a news conference to pitch a measure that would empower the city's inspector general to monitor the Olympic committee if Chicago hosts the Games. Separately, Mayor Richard Daley's administration introduced a plan to let two aldermen sit on the organizing committee if Chicago wins its 2016 bid."
Here's the payoff:
"The mayoral ordinance would see Alds. Edward Burke and Carrie Austin be the City Council's representatives on the organizing committee that will plan and run the Games."
Yes. And they would meet in Pat Ryan's living room.
"The Civic Federation's independent analysis of the 2016 bid declared that it is sound and reasonable - provided the insurance is in place and the Games have competent management and extensive oversight."
In other words, the bid is sound and reasonable as long as everything goes according to the planned soundness and reasonableness projected by organizers!
My plan to limit my drinking to only two beers this Friday night is sound and reasonable too, but history and common sense tells us that I probably will not behave in a sound and reasonable way.
After all, every plan emanating from City Hall is sound and reasonable - on paper. But those plans presume "competent management and extensive oversight."
You know, like the oversight we can expect from Eddie Burke and Carrie Austin.
Looked Good On Paper
"The Chicago Housing Authority also misled residents about the pace of redevelopment, according to the study to be released Thursday by the Chicago-based public housing advocacy group Business and Professional People for the Public Interest."
Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us a zillion times, shame on us.
"Well, isn't that special? Personally, I am tired of hearing that so many of our congressmen are now admitting that they have not taken the time to read those lengthy and important bills that are currently before Congress and can affect our lives for generations to come, such as the health care and cap-and-trade energy bills. Most are saying exactly what he said about the aides reading them."
Is it just me, or should Stella have named the congressman she's talking about?
It was Danny Davis.
The Oprah Effect
No, really. Do tell us which hard-nosed journalists turn to mush in the vicinity of Her Oprahness.
We deserve to know.
Co-starring Deborah Sims.
"Stroger's original grade was C-minus, but one of his cousins with a cush CPS job changed it to A-plus," Beachwood reader Matt Farmer tells us.
They Are Not Marshall
"There's no official word as to why, but Gardner had two strong marks against him: The school failed to improve, despite extra resources and new curricula; and he was accused of falsifying a document related to a lawsuit against him that cost the district $500,000."
Dan Hynes 2.0
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Posted on September 3, 2009
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