Cost Concerns Linger Over Chicago's Olympic Bid
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."