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No Games Chicago organizer Tom Tresser made this presentation to the Lake View Citizens' Council on July 20, 2009. For more information, go to http://www.nogameschicago.com.

No Games Chicago organizer Tom Tresser made this presentation to the Lake View Citizens' Council on July 20, 2009. For more information, go to http://www.nogameschicago.com.

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    • No Games Chicago Presentation to Lake View Citizens’ Council July 20, 2009
    • Who we are…
      • Diverse group social justice activists
      • North side, south side, west side
      • All volunteers
      • Not funded by anyone or any org.
      • First event public forum @ UIC Jan 31 attended by 250
    • We did go to Switzerland
    • We are engaging the community
    • Why we oppose the games
      • They will bankrupt the city
      • They will destroy public parks
      • They will displace poor and working class families from neighborhoods next to venue sites
      • THE STATE, COUNTY AND CITY ARE BROKE AND CUTTING BACK ESSENTIAL SERVICES.
      • WE HAVE MUCH MORE IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES FOR LIMITED TAXPAYER DOLLARS:
        • Clinics
        • Schools
        • Public transit & roads
        • Improve/expand public parks & services
    • THE GAMES ALWAYS MAKE MONEY…FOR THE IOC, FOR CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES, FOR CONSULTANTS, FOR CORPORATE SPONSORS…
    • THIS WAS GIVEN TO ALDERMEN IN SECRET BRIEFINGS
    • THIS WAS GIVEN TO ALDERMEN IN SECRET BRIEFINGS
      • BUT… WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTING FOR:
      • $86 MILLION TO BUY HOSPITAL SITE?
      • TENS OF MILLIONS TO CLEAN UP HOSPITAL SITE?
      • LOST REVENUES FROM LOSS OF 1,600 BOAT SLIPS FOR 3 YEARS+?
      • LOST REVENUES SUCKED UP BY 2 DEDICATED TIFs?
      • REPLACING SCHOOLS THAT WILL BE DEMOLISHED?
      • TRUE COST OF THE VILLAGE (VANCOUVER’S IS PUSHING $1 BILLION AND IS MUCH SMALLER)
      • BILLIONS FOR SECURITY?
    • “ Financing is the biggest obstacle,” said Jerry Karlik, a principal at Kargil Development, which has done projects in the South Loop and responded to a bid committee request for expressions of interest in the Olympic Village earlier this year. “There’s going to have to be some sort of assistance: guarantees, tax credits or something. Mr. Karlik, who attended the luncheon, said he figures lenders today won’t finance more than 60% to 70% of a project, compared with 80% to 90% before the recession. “ Someone’s going to have to come to the table to fill the void,” he said.” May 13, 2009
    • ENRON TAUGHT US THAT ANY ENTERPRISE CAN APPEAR PROFITABLE IF YOU HIDE, IGNORE OR BURY EXPENSES.
    • DON’T BE FOOLED BY PROMISES THAT THESE MASSIVE OLYMPIC CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS WON’T BECOME THE TAXPAYER’S BURDEN! Watch the Canadian news report at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MdpUYO1hbI&eurl=http://nogameschicago.com/no/?q=video&feature=player_embedded
    • VANCOUVER’S BOND RATING LOWERED, CITY FACING BANKRUPCY. Watch the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MlzsyNh6pk
    • “ Not a dime…” Watch the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg0UieW7Rp8
    • WHY ALL THIS SURPISE? THE OLYMPIC CHARTER REQUIRES FINALIST CITIES TO SIGN THE HOST CITY CONTRACT…
    • Download the Olympic Charter, the Host City Contract and other research relating to the impacts of the games on host cities at our web site: http://www.nogameschicago.com
    • Page 74
    • Page 76
    • Page 76 “ The IOC shall have no financial responsibility whatsoever in respect to the organisation and staging of the Olympic Games.”
    • SO, CHICAGO – WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE?
    • [email_address] CALL CITY HALL. CALL YOUR ALDERMEN. “ NO GAMES!” “ NO BLANK CHECK!” “ SUPPORT THE FLORES CAP ORDINANCE.” VISIT OUR WEB SITE. SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER, TWITTER UPDATES AND FACEBOOK COMMUNITY.