Chicago 2016 – Security, Poll, Protest Rally

The Sun Times reports a “clout-heavy” security firm will be travelling with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, the Chicago 2016 bid team, and an “ever-growing” delegation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Copenhagen next month where the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be elected.

The firm, Monterrey Security, will reportedly stand guard over “proprietary” materials, and possibly a recorded message from U.S. President Barack Obama, as well as any final rehearsals first lady Michelle Obama, Mayor Daley, and others make before Chicago’s formal pitch before the IOC on October 2.

Chicago 2016 CEO Patrick Ryan said, “it’s a competition that has a lot of proprietary information that each of the bid cities would be allowed to protect. People can have something new they’re going to present that they want to keep confidential”.

Meanwhile, according to a Chicago Tribune poll held this month, there’s a split vote for Chicago’s bid among the residents. Forty seven per cent support the bid while 45 per cent oppose it.

Just days ahead of the IOC’s vote the protest Group No Games Chicago is sponsoring a protest rally on Tuesday, September 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Chicago City Hal