If all the hoopla surrounding Chicago's pitch to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games makes you cringe, you're not alone. Thousands of people have joined a movement protesting the bid and hope to avoid their city plunging any further into debt.
In fact, according to website Chicagoans for Rio 2016, only one in six Chicago-area residents want the Olympics to be held in the city. It's not hard to see why. Economic consulting group Anderson Economic Group LLC expects potential revenue to be far less than initially estimated.
So, how can you get involved in the Anti-Olympics movement?
- Give money to No Games Chicago or follow their instructions for calling President Obama and telling him not to travel to Copenhagen this Thursday. They also want you to contact Senator Dick Durbin, another strong advocate of bringing the Olympics to Chicago.
- E-mail the International Olympics Committee through Chicagoans For Rio. They have a letter all ready to go expressing how you think Rio de Janeiro would be a far better choice to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
- If you're in Chicago, go to City Hall tomorrow and participate in a protest against the bid.