Cost Concerns Linger Over Chicago's Olympic Bid

Organizers claim city money won't be needed as Chicago edges closer to securing the 2016 Summer Olympics, but locals are wary about the costs that could fall on them. The recession is exacerbating concerns.
July 28, 2009, 6am PDT | Nate Berg
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Costs associated with the event are estimated at $3.3 billion. Private investors have so far raised $60 million, and more could be expected if the city is chosen as host this October.

"Polls here suggest broad support for bringing the Olympic Games to the city. But increasingly, the economic downturn is taking a central role in the local debate over the bid as more residents raise concerns that Chicago taxpayers, already struggling, could be left paying the bills despite assertions from organizers that no city dollars will be needed."

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Published on Monday, July 27, 2009 in The New York Times
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