Mayor Daley covers Chicago’s Boys Town Statue with Condom
This picture was taken in the North Halsted area of Chicago. As many gay men get older they travel a little further north to the Andersonville (48th Ward) of Chicago. Gays have always been staunch supporters of the Democratic Party and Mayor Daley. Pardon the pun, but I think this statue is aimed more towards the man and not the women. I never gave it a second thought but Mayor Daley has failed to give enough jobs to gays in Chicago. I also think Mayor Daley should allow gays to marry in Chicago. I would like to put a condom on the bean in Chicago because it is ugly and the STD’s are a curse to both straights and gays. Maybe someday Chicago leaders like Ron Huberman and future Chicago Mayor Patrick Daley should hold hands together and demand equal rights for gays. Obama needs to address this issue soon. Mayor Daley needs to address the VD issue in Chicago, Catholic or not, it is time. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
The City of Chicago has a "Boy's Town" Statue that celebrates the gay lifestyle.
Mayor Daley covers Chicago’s Boys Town Statue with Condom
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Chicago’s 2016 Olympics bid includes big promises but few guarantees
We can outraise rivals by $1 billion—just trust us, city’s pitch seems to say
By Kathy Bergen and Laurie Cohen | Tribune reporters
February 15, 2009
Oddsmakers have long put Chicago in lead position for the 2016 Olympics. But the city will have to persuade the International Olympic Committee to take a lot on faith if it is to land the Summer Games.
The city says it can raise about $1 billion more than its rivals to pay for Games operations. It says it can rely on private donors and the sale of naming rights to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars to build sports facilities.
And the city says it won’t provide international officials with the kind of safety net they want—a blanket government financial guarantee.
Chicago laid out its plan in a 600-page bid document, which was released Friday. Its competitors, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, filed their formal bids last week also, and the IOC will choose a winner Oct. 2.
“Trust us,” Chicago seems to be saying, a pitch that could raise eyebrows among international Olympic evaluators, who will tour the city in April.
“You can expect the evaluation commission to be looking at this with a fairly sharp eye and sharp pencils,” said Dick Pound, an IOC member from Canada. “Things have to be justified.”
Patrick Ryan, chairman of the Chicago 2016 bid committee, said he was confident that the city could make its case to the IOC. “We’ve developed, we believe, a financially responsible, conservative budget that minimizes risk,” Ryan said at a packed press conference on Friday.
The city is counting on the charm of its lakefront, where many of the Olympic facilities are clustered, along with the popularity of President Barack Obama, to be persuasive factors. And in the unofficial rotation of Summer Games, many observers feel it’s time for another Games in the U.S., which typically command more sponsorship and TV money for Olympic coffers.
Chicago says it can raise $3.8 billion from the sale of sponsorships, TV rights, tickets and the like, to pay for Games operations. This is $1 billion more than Madrid and Tokyo are projecting; Rio’s bid book won’t be available on the Internet until Monday.
Chicago can undoubtedly attract more sponsorship and TV money than its rivals, experts say, although exactly how much more is hard to predict.
“Putting aside the current economic crisis, the U.S. sponsorship market is far more mature than others, even Japan,” said sports industry expert Marc Ganis, president of SportsCorp Ltd.
Chicago’s bid also leans heavily on private funding. The city needs to raise $246 million from private donations and corporate naming rights to build sports venues that will outlive the Games. Sponsors’ names cannot be displayed on facilities until after the Games.
The more temporary facilities, including much of the main stadium, will be funded through operating funds.
Olympic boosters already have tapped corporations and wealthy individuals to finance the bid, expected to cost close to $60 million. But the economy has swooned since the start of the Olympic campaign three years ago, and corporations are much more cautious now with their sports-related spending, sports marketing experts say.
This is particularly true in the area of naming rights, where a glut exists, said Dennis Howard, dean of the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon.
“More than 80 percent of venues used by professional teams are corporately named,” he said. A lot of national and international firms already have branded facilities, so Chicago likely would have to scout for more local sponsors, he said.
Ryan said Olympic supporters have seven years to raise the money.
“The history of this community’s private sector is unparalleled in the world,” said Ryan, citing philanthropic contributions that helped create Millennium Park and build an addition to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Some of Chicago’s rivals will have an easier time financing their sports venues. Tokyo’s municipal government, which is paying for permanent venue construction, already has turned over $4.4 billion for this purpose.
Chicago taxpayers are wary of Olympic expenses. While the city’s competitors provided complete government guarantees, Chicago did not, even though they were requested by the IOC.
The city did not back up construction financing of sports venues or the Olympic Village, an athletes’ housing complex that will cost about $1 billion and be built by private developers. There is a $500 million city guarantee against operating losses for the Games and another $500 million in private insurance coverage.
A blanket guarantee is so critical to the IOC that cities have to commit to taking full responsibility for the Games in the basic contract to be signed by the winning city.
Chicago, unlike the other cities, said it would not be able to sign the contract without cutting out that key provision. The city made that clear in a recent letter sent to the IOC by Ryan—along with Mayor Richard Daley and Lawrence Probst, chairman of the United States Olympic Committee—according to bid team spokesman Patrick Sandusky.
As for the adequacy of the city’s limited guarantee package, Ryan said its elements are “providing strong financial security.”
Ultimately, Ryan acknowledged, “we’ll have to leave it up to the IOC to determine, when its members vote.”
when Patrick Daley gets out of the army, if his daddy is still KING, gay marriage will be permitted so that Patrick can marry Ron Hubberman
(Response) What are you talking about?
I just can’t tell if you are serious or this is a joke. I am assuming it is sarcasm but it is so surreal mixing good ideas if serious with bad in a wierd context.
Otta da joint
John Resa — a former city of Chicago water worker who helped run Mayor Daley’s Hispanic Democratic Organization — is free after serving most of the 15-month prison term he got for lying to a federal grand jury when he denied he tried to reward campaign workers with city jobs and promotions. Resa, 50, from the East Side, was charged after the Chicago Sun-Times reported he was among dozens of city patronage workers who had remained on disability leave for years. His HDO activities are a key part of the upcoming criminal case against former HDO leader Al Sanchez, the mayor’s former streets and sanitation commissioner.
In response to Patrick Daley marrying Ron Huberman, both are gay. And Patrick Daley is gone for good from Illinois because he is being investigated big time from the feds. There is more I can comment on all this but I will hold my thoughts for now………
(Response) What proof do you have that anyone is gay?
Is PETA investigating Ron H and his band of merry men for suffocating gerbils? It must be agonizing to go thru the death throws in some wierdos colon. I wonder if parents are worried about Ron H’s access to school children.
I am completely surprised that the LGBT community is not up in arms with Obama Health Information Technology (HIT) buried in the Stimulus Bill. Hit will enable the government to track everyone health records without any warrent or reasons. Anyone that once wished to keep their health issues private are now exposed to anyone the government want to share it with. Anyone with HIV or other sexual diseases will be outed. This makes George Bush wiretapping law looks like nothing.
I share your concern.
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