Monday, April 13, 2009

New TIF in Olympics deal
By: John Pletz April 13, 2009
Mayor Richard M. Daley is backing a South Side alderman's push for a tax-increment financing district near Washington Park, part of City Hall's effort to build support for Chicago's Olympics bid.

Alderman Willie Cochran (20th) proposes a TIF district running south from 55th Street to 63rd Street and stretching west from Martin Luther King Drive to the Dan Ryan Expressway, including parts of the Washington Park and Englewood neighborhoods.

Washington Park and Bronzeville, where the Olympic stadium and athletes' village would be built, have been a focal point of the struggle between residents and City Hall over the benefits of hosting the games. Aldermen won guarantees from the city and its bid committee for Olympics-related jobs and affordable housing in a March 27 agreement between the city, the Chicago 2016 bid committee and community groups. That agreement promises support for a feasibility study of Mr. Cochran's TIF. A feasibility study is the first step and almost always results in the formation of a TIF.

"You know the Olympics will create speculation and investment in Washington Park," says Mr. Cochran, a former Chicago police officer who was elected two years ago. "Whether 2016 exists or not, the TIF is going to go forward. It will happen faster with the Olympics."

Mr. Cochran plans to submit the proposal to the Community Development Commission next month after further discussions with residents. CDC approval would send it to the City Council for authorization.

A TIF freezes normal tax collections at current levels for up to 23 years. Any increase in revenue from new development or inflation pays for improvements within the area, such as infrastructure, instead of going into the city's general fund. Mr. Cochran hasn't proposed a budget for how much the city would collect from the TIF or exactly how that money would be spent.

Arnold Randall, Chicago 2016's outreach director, calls the TIF "a good thing."

The area "probably warrants a TIF as it is," says Sam Polsky, a TIF consultant at Polsky & Associates, who is not working on Mr. Cochran's proposal.

Alderman Willie Cochran has proposed a TIF to foster development near Washington Park, which is bordered on one end by a vacant 3.5-acre lot.


Unlike a TIF for the site of the Olympic Village in Bronzeville, the project Mr. Cochran proposes wouldn't directly benefit the construction of venues in Washington Park. But redeveloping vacant lots and boarded-up storefronts in the surrounding neighborhoods no doubt would make it easier for the city to welcome millions of Olympics visitors.

An example: the 3.5-acre vacant lot at 60th Street and King Drive that the city already is seeking to turn into a mix of residential and retail. The land is across the street from the south entrance to Washington Park, which will be home to the main Olympic stadium.

The Washington Park neighborhood has 43 retailers but no pharmacies, furniture stores or full-service grocers. Its 13,000 residents made $40.1 million in retail purchases in 2007 but could generate another $28 million in the neighborhood if they don't have to leave to shop for other items, according to a study done by the Metropolitan Planning Council, an advocate for affordable housing and transportation, and paid for by the 2016 Fund for Chicago Communities.

"The condition of our business district, it needs help," says Cecilia Butler, president of the Washington Park Advisory Council. "If a TIF will bring in business, then how can we really be against it?"

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Analysis: Daley's big game: All or nothing
OLYMPICS | He has gambled, lost on past mega-projects
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April 5, 2009
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
Mayor Daley's singular -- bordering on obsessive -- focus on hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic Games marks a return to an all-or-nothing strategy that has failed him in the past.

In the early years of his 20-year reign, Daley gambled and lost on a string of mega-projects.

He was so desperate to build a third airport at Lake Calumet that he offered to share control over O'Hare Airport, ban new runways there and close Midway Airport to persuade suburban Republicans, then-Gov. Jim Edgar and the Federal Aviation Administration to support the project.

To this day, Daley jokes about how foolish he was to make that deal and how lucky he was to snake out of it after then-Senate President James "Pate" Philip (R-Wood Dale) balked.

The mayor reversed his long-standing opposition to casino gambling just a few hours after three hotel and gaming conglomerates offered to build a $2 billion land-based casino-entertainment complex downtown. Edward Hanley, a powerful union leader who had close ties to the Daley family and reputed ties to organized crime, orchestrated the blockbuster deal.

The casino project went nowhere -- even though talk of a gambling expansion seems to resurface every year in Springfield.

Daley's grand plan for a downtown trolley system also derailed. Edgar publicly endorsed the project. The Republican-controlled General Assembly joined Congress in refusing to fund it. An angry Daley pulled the plug and accused the governor of paying lip service to another city project.

After the defeat of those three mega-projects, Daley made a conscious decision to lower his sights. He focused on the things he could achieve on his own -- by building police and fire stations, libraries, schools and parks that serve as "community anchors," expanding O'Hare and Midway and upgrading the city's overall appearance.

Now, the mayor is returning to his all-or-nothing roots.

He's doubling-down on Chicago's Olympic bid and gambling $500 million in local tax dollars that, even if his Olympic dream comes true, Chicago can host the 2016 Summer Games without losing money.

"The Olympic and Paralympic movement is bigger than Mayor Daley. It's bigger than anything else. ... I've been to Beijing and Athens and all these other cities that have had it. This is something you want to have for the city of Chicago," Daley said Friday as International Olympic Committee evaluation team members were settling in for their final site visit here before selecting a host city in October.

"This is not about the people now. This is about 2016 -- all the infrastructure, all the improvements you can do, spent by the federal government. It's amazing how much money they spend. Up-to-date security as well as public transportation and other things. This is an opportunity. That's why I'm excited about it. The legacy that will last you forever -- the things we're gonna do for the children of Chicago [and] another generation."

The mayor can only hope that this Olympic-size gamble turns out better than his earlier mega-projects.

And like Bears general manager Jerry Angelo trading quarterback Kyle Orton and a boatload of draft picks for Denver's Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler, Daley can only hope that the price Chicago pays to win the Olympic sweepstakes doesn't turn out to be too high.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Poll Question
Do you want Chicago to host 2016 Olympics?

Yes (144 responses)

No (272 responses)

416 total responses

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Do you want the Olympics here?
Do you want the Olympics to come to Chicago?


Do you want the Olympics to come to Chicago?

Yes (7207 responses)


No (21790 responses)


28997 total responses (Results not scientific)
PLEASE READ THE ORDINANCE THOROUGHLY As you know, the City Council Committee on Finance reviewed and amended a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Chicago 2016 and the Chicago 2016 Community Outreach Advisory Committee on Marc 27, 2009. To the best of my knowledge, this MOU will be included as an exhibit to a resolution that will be voted on by the full City Council on April 22, 2009. I have provided for your convenience a copy of the Chicago 2016 Ordinace. GO TO SEC. 3 AND READ

Chicago 2016 Ordinance-January 2009.pdf
Public Comments to the Chicago 2016 Ordinance.pdf
2016 MOU.pdf
The Business of the Olympics-2003.pdf

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

For immediate release: March 31, 2009
Contact: Professor Steve Balkin,; ph: 312-341-3696

Will Chicago Olympics be another Vancouver?

The preparation for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics is plagued by
cost overruns, environmental degradation, and displacement to the
city’s poorest. Will this pattern repeat itself in Chicago if
Chicago gets the 2016 Summer Olympics? To answer this question,
Conrad Schmidt’s 90 minute documentary video about the preparation for
the Vancouver Olympics, “Five Ring Circus” will be shown, with a panel
discussion afterwards.

This event is free and will occur on Tuesday evening, April 7 at
6:15PM in the 2nd Floor Congress Lounge at Roosevelt University’s main
campus, 430 S. Michigan Avenue. It is hosted by Roosevelt
University’s Department of Economics and Social Justice Program. The
public is welcome.

Steve Balkin, Professor of Economics, says, “The Chicago Olympics 2016
bid seems to have strong forces both for and against. The
International Olympics Committee is in town and there will be two big
public protests on Thursday, April 4. So, I thought a balanced and
public examination of this seems warranted. My students are studying
cost theory and this is a very good case. The issues surrounding the
Olympics involve not only fiscal responsibility but also sustainable
economics, democracy, compatibility with an appropriate vision for the
future of Chicago, and social justice.”

The panel afterwards will consist of four people: (1) Professor of
Political Science Larry Bennett from DePaul University < 773-325-1973, >; (2) Stephen Alexander, Senior Researcher at the
DePaul University Egan Urban Center
< 312-362-6536 >; (3) Edward Stuart, Professor of Economics at
Northeastern Illinois University < 773-442 5695, >;
and (4) Pat Hill, Executive Director of the African-American Police
League and Co-Convener of the Olympics Human Rights Project of Chicago
< 773-330-6960, >. The panel will be
moderated by Steve Balkin, Professor of Economics at Roosevelt
University < 312-341-3696; >. All are
available for interviews.

For background information, the Five Ring Circus video can be
previewed on Youtube in eight parts:

Larry Bennett and Stephen Alexander wrote an excellent November 2008
report: Chicago and the 2016 Olympics. See:

Pat Hill has a blog at:

Other helpful websites include: ; ; and .

Monday, March 30, 2009


March 29, 2009

Spanish Court Weighs Inquiry on Torture for 6 Bush-Era Officials
LONDON — A Spanish court has taken the first steps toward opening a criminal investigation into allegations that six former high-level Bush administration officials violated international law by providing the legal framework to justify the torture of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, an official close to the case said.
The case, against former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and others, was sent to the prosecutor’s office for review by Baltasar Garzón, the crusading investigative judge who ordered the arrest of the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The official said that it was “highly probable” that the case would go forward and that it could lead to arrest warrants.
The move represents a step toward ascertaining the legal accountability of top Bush administration officials for allegations of torture and mistreatment of prisoners in the campaign against terrorism. But some American experts said that even if warrants were issued their significance could be more symbolic than practical, and that it was a near certainty that the warrants would not lead to arrests if the officials did not leave the United States.
The complaint under review also names John C. Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer who wrote secret legal opinions saying the president had the authority to circumvent the Geneva Conventions, and Douglas J. Feith, the former under secretary of defense for policy.
Most of the officials cited in the complaint declined to comment on the allegations or could not be reached on Saturday. However their defenders have said their legal analyses and policy work on interrogation practices, conducted under great pressure after the 2001 terrorist attacks, are now being unfairly second-guessed after many years without a terrorist attack on the United States.
The court case was not entirely unexpected, as several human rights groups have been asking judges in different countries to indict Bush administration officials. One group, the Center for Constitutional Rights, had asked a German prosecutor for such an indictment, but the prosecutor declined.
Judge Garzón, however, has built an international reputation by bringing high-profile cases against human rights violators as well as international terrorist networks like Al Qaeda. The arrest warrant for General Pinochet led to his detention in Britain, although he never faced a trial. The judge has also been outspoken about the treatment of detainees at Guantánamo Bay.
Spain can claim jurisdiction in the case because five citizens or residents of Spain who were prisoners at Guantánamo Bay have said they were tortured there. The five had been indicted in Spain, but their cases were dismissed after the Spanish Supreme Court ruled that evidence obtained under torture was not admissible.
The 98-page complaint, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, is based on the Geneva Conventions and the 1984 Convention Against Torture, which is binding on 145 countries, including Spain and the United States. Countries that are party to the torture convention have the authority to investigate torture cases, especially when a citizen has been abused.
The complaint was prepared by Spanish lawyers, with help from experts in the United States and Europe, and filed by a Spanish human rights group, the Association for the Dignity of Prisoners.
The National Court in Madrid, which specializes in international crimes, assigned the case to Judge Garzón. His acceptance of the case and referral of it to the prosecutor made it likely that a criminal investigation would follow, the official said.
Even so, arrest warrants, if they are issued, would still be months away.
Gonzalo Boye, the Madrid lawyer who filed the complaint, said that the six Americans cited had had well-documented roles in approving illegal interrogation techniques, redefining torture and abandoning the definition set by the 1984 Torture Convention.
Secret memorandums by Mr. Yoo and other top administration lawyers helped clear the way for aggressive policies like waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques, which the C.I.A. director, the attorney general and other American officials have said amount to torture.
The other Americans named in the complaint were William J. Haynes II, former general counsel for the Department of Defense; Jay S. Bybee, Mr. Yoo’s former boss at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel; and David S. Addington, who was the chief of staff and legal adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Mr. Yoo declined to comment on Saturday, saying that he had not seen or heard of the petition.
Mr. Feith, who was the top policy official at the Pentagon when the prison at Guantánamo was established, said he did not make the decision on interrogation methods and was baffled by the allegations. “I didn’t even argue for the thing I understand they’re objecting to,” he said.
But Mr. Boye said that lawyers should be held accountable for the effects of their work. Noting that the association he represents includes many lawyers, he said: “This is a case from lawyers against lawyers. Our profession does not allow us to misuse our legal knowledge to create a pseudo-legal frame to justify, stimulate and cover up torture.”
Prosecutions and convictions under the Torture Convention have been rare.
Reed Brody, a lawyer at Human Rights Watch who has specialized in this issue, said that even though torture was widely practiced, there were numerous obstacles, including “a lack of political will, the problem of gathering evidence in a foreign country and the failure of countries to pass the necessary laws.”
This year for the first time, the United States used a law that allows it to prosecute torture in other countries. On Jan. 10, a federal court in Miami sentenced Chuckie Taylor, the son of the former Liberian president, to 97 years in a federal prison for torture, even though the crimes were committed in Liberia.
Last October, when the Miami court handed down the conviction, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey applauded the ruling and said: “This is the first case in the United States to charge an individual with criminal torture. I hope this case will serve as a model to future prosecutions of this type.”
The United States, however, would be expected to ignore an extradition request for former officials, although other investigations within the United States have been proposed. Calls for the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation have so far been resisted by the Obama administration, but for more than four years, the Justice Department ethics office has been conducting its own investigation into the work of Mr. Yoo and some of his colleagues.
While the officials named in the complaint have not addressed these specific accusations, Mr. Yoo defended his work in an opinion column in The Wall Street Journal on March 7, warning that the Obama administration risked harming national security if it punished lawyers like himself.
“If the administration chooses to seriously pursue those officials who were charged with preparing for the unthinkable, today’s intelligence and military officials will no doubt hesitate to fully prepare for those contingencies in the future,” Mr. Yoo wrote.

Scott Shane and Eric Schmitt contributed reporting from Washington.

Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company

Thursday, March 26, 2009
Cops may picket during IOC's Chicago visit March 25, 2009 7:31 PM | 9 Comments Leaders of Chicago's police union are considering taking the growing acrimony over contract negotiations public at a most inopportune time for Mayor Daley -- picketing on the day International Olympic Committee evaluators arrive next week to see the city. Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue acknowledged that a picket line of cops while Olympic officials are in town April 2-7 is "being discussed," but he said nothing has been decided by the union and declined to comment further.

But multiple police sources familiar with union activities said that an "informational picket" is being planned for next Thursday, the day the IOC's 16-member evaluating commission is scheduled to arrive in Chicago. The sources expected the picketing to take place at City Hall, but the location is among issues still being discussed.

Union officials were angered recently by the Daley administration's decision to withdraw a pay raise offer already on the table in the ongoing negotiations. Police morale had already plummeted under the leadership of Supt. Jody Weis, whom many in the department view as an outsider with an unfairly harsh attitude toward disciplining officers. Daley hired Weis, a former FBI official, with the expressed purpose of improving the reputation of a scandal-plagued department.

The visit by Olympic officials has been eagerly anticipated by Chicago 2016 committee members, as well as the mayor. Chicago is the IOC's first stop on its tour of 2016 Games finalists, which include Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo.
Daley administration officials did not immediately respond to questions about the possible picketing.

Angela Rozas contributed to this report.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Do You Want the Olympics Here?

Chicago Tribune Poll:,0,5364954,post.poll

Do you want the Olympics here?
Do you want the Olympics to come to Chicago?

Yes (3595 responses)


No (13052 responses)


16647 total responses (Results not scientific)
Be aware, very aware of this group. they have sold out the Washington Park Community for the notion that they will gain from the Olympics!

April 4, Saturday, 9 am. Washington Park Olympics Coalition. Field house, 5531 S. King Dr. Cecilia Butler.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Chicago Communities Speak Out On Olympics 2016
Below is a summary of statements given by representatives from 4o of Chicago’s 77 Communities

Female-61-Auburn Gresham….”I don’t feel the Games will be of any benefit to the Black Community”.

Female-6o-Woodlawn….”We don’t want to be uprooted and to do this for some games, that’s crazy!”

Female-68-Woodlawn….”I’m a senior and I’ve been hearing talks about what’s goin to happen to Black people, seniors, poor people etc. We will be replaced by the Olympics.

Female-28-Pilsen….”I believe the Olympics will bring more police harassment/brutality than usual to my neighborhood.”

Male-59-Rogers Park….”The Olympics is a crime against humanity”.

Male-69-Woodlawn….”What about putting the money towards seniors health?”

Male-25-McKinley Park….”Every year now, the city goes over budget. That brings mores taxes and layoffs. When projects like Millennium Park can go 325 million (double over the original budget) just imagine the possible cost overruns for development the size of the Olympics.”

Male-51-West Ridge…. “Our family, friends and neighborhoods will not allow these elitist, corrupt, fascist Olympics in our city, schools, clinics. Housing is too important!”

Female-63-Hyde Park…. “Mayor Daley should have been stopped when he took over the Park District. The city council should be held accountable for what this Mayor Daley has been able to do to this city during his administration.”

Male-26-Hyde Park…. “We don’t want the Olympics. With the economy as it is in the city, we can’t afford it.”

Male-72-Near North…. “The Olympics is in essence, a private event whose benefits will be enjoyed by major promoters and developers.”

Female-64-Oakley…. “Black companies have lost all business downtown and on the lakefront. Therefore, if we cannot work now, we will not work for/during the Olympics”

Male-41-Grand Boulevard (Bronzeville)…. “They plan to put us in FEMA camps and control the population.”

Male-65-Kenwood/Oakland…. “The community has been tricked into believing that they will get a convenant called a “Benefits Agreement.”

Male-56-Chatham…. “This is Chicago clout”.

Female-60-Near North…. “This city cannot handle it financially or socially. Daley should be ashamed of himself.”

Female-54-Grand Boulevard (Bronzeville)….”The Olympics has already begun to show problems for the citizens. The housing courts are overcrowded with African American residents/home owners who are being targeted.”

Female-54-South Shore…. “I’m against whatever Daley is for.”

Female-68-Chatham…. “The Olympics should be built on the land by the railroad under Roosevelt Rd.”

Female-28-West Lawn…. “The Olympics sucks. It will devastate the entire city.”

Female-58-Hyde Park…. “Cost to the city, missing information, history of the Olympics and Daley’s record are the reasons why the Olympics are not good for Chicago.”

Male-51-East Garfield…. “Building Chicago for Chicagoans. This should be our message.”

Female-44-Park Manor…. “The revenue gained from the Olympics will not help the people displaced from their neighborhoods.”

Male-60-Englewood…. “It won’t stop the gangs.”
Male-30-Englewood…. “Due to the economy and rise in crime, we will suffer.”

Male-23-Albany Park…. “The Olympics can affect us by higher taxes and other products becoming more expensive.”

Male-23-Oaklawn…. “The Olympics would be great if they come to Chicago because it would bring true champions to a great city. Like Michael Phelps and motivate our city. Being in a tourist friendly area is also entertaining on its’ own.”

Male-37-Grand Bollevard (Bronzeville)….”I really don’t think it would come here until our home has become stable. Also, we need to get this crooked mayor we have out.”

Female-24-Albany Park…. “I think if the Olympics comes to Chicago it will be good and bad. Good because it will make Chicago look good and be an attraction. Bad because people may lose their homes due to the construction and possibly taxes and living expenses might go up.”

Male-26-Norridge…. “I think if the Olympics were to be held in Chicago there would be an influx of recreational facilities to appeal to tourists.”

Male-22-Logan Square…. “I believe the impact that the Olympic Games would have on the city, is that it will expose the many problems Chicago has. With all the many people that would be flocking to the city, something is liable to happen. But on the bright side, it will show the beauty of the city and would probably be great for business.”

Male-22-Humboldt Park…. If the Olympics is held in Chicago, I think prices on taxes, gas and public events will rise higher than what they already are. I don’t think the mayor will want to show the ghetto parts of Chicago, so he will probably get rid of them and the people not caring who is affected in the process. I honestly believe the Olympics will just raise a lot of prices on simple necessities to renew the city of Chicago for tourists.”

Female-23-Portage Park…. “It would be a good opportunity for jobs but bad due to the southside area community having to re-locate or having the stadium be useless after the Olympics leaves it becomes an abandoned building.”

Female-35-Greater Grand Crossing…. “I believe it will help bring revenue in but a lot of people will have to move and relocate. So, it will inconvenience a lot of people.”

Female-22-Edgewater…. “People are going to go further broke to travel to Chicago and see the Olympics. At a time like this, our economic system is not going to get any better. Also, perhaps few people may think that by having the Olympics in Chicago this may make history.”

Male-25-Edgewater…. “Chicago is already one of the worst places to live in. With the Games, Chicago will not be able to meet the needs of the overwhelming number of visitors that will flock here. It will probably end up in worst shape than Atlanta was when the Games were last held on U.S. soil.”

Female-30-Forest Park…. “It is hard to believe that the community around Douglas Park will not change with the Olympics. I am a proponent of change if it benefits the community as it stands now. However, if they build up the surrounding community results in massive relocation and displacement, then the committee is not really doing all it can to protect or benefit us.”

Female-47-Garfield Park…. “I think the Olympics will greatly impact my community because of gentrification. I believe our children will be highly affected by this change.”

Male-29-Kenwood…. “I disagree with bringing the Olympics to Chicago because the areal reserved for the Olympics to take place would cause a lot of people in that area to lose their homes. It would also cause the property level to raise so house would not be affordable in that area.”
Views > July 15, 2008

Chicago’s Olympic Dreams Undeserved
By Salim Muwakkil

Despite widespread awareness of torture provoked by excesses in the war on terror, little is said about the history of
homegrown torture

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently chose the Windy City as one of four international finalists in the
race to host the coveted 2016 summer games.

But a group of local activists argues that a history of racist police torture has made Chicago inappropriate as an
Olympic site and is mobilizing to convince the IOC to reject the city’s bid.

“How can a city that has been condemned by the United Nations for allowing its police to engage in systematic
torture of black men be worthy of hosting the Olympic games?” asks Patricia Hill, a primary organizer of Black People
Against Police Torture, the group at the forefront of opposition to the Chicago Olympics.

Hill, who is also executive director of the city’s African American Police League, says that several allied groups have
joined in opposition to Chicago’s Olympic bid — including the local chapter of Amnesty International USA.

For nearly 20 years, a former Chicago police commander named Jon Burge and detectives under his command
routinely tortured more than 100 black males, claiming they were criminal suspects. Several independent
investigations and court decisions confirmed these systematic crimes, which occurred from 1972 to 1991.

The latest evidence was a 292-page report issued two years ago by court-appointed special prosecutor Edward Egan
that concluded Burge and his men used many torture techniques, including electro-shocking genitals, suffocating
people with plastic bags and burning skin on a hot radiator. But the statute of limitations prevented prosecution.
Thus, none of the cops involved has yet to pay any legal cost.

Groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International condemned these crimes, which violate domestic laws,
the victims’ constitutional rights, as well as international treaties banning torture. In May 2006, the U.N. Committee
Against Torture sharply rebuked the United States for failing to hold the offending police officers accountable.

Despite widespread awareness of torture provoked by American excesses in the so-called war on terror, relatively little
has been said about this heinous history of homegrown torture. Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan raised the profile of
the case in 2003 when he granted pardons to four death row inmates after concluding their confessions were tortured
from them. However, about 26 prisoners are still incarcerated because of confessions forced by Burge’s corps of
torturers. Protesters are also demanding new evidentiary hearings and perhaps reparations for the victims.

Are Americans less concerned about police torture because it involved mostly black men, whose perceived image as
criminals allows us to tolerate their abuse? For many, even the most egregious police abuse of black men is viewed as
a necessary evil.

Black People Against Police Torture hopes to demonstrate that the cost for brutalizing black men has increased. “Daley
took something away from us, when he refused to act on charges of police torture in 1982 when he was state’s
attorney,” Hill notes. “And now we want to take something away from him.”

Hill’s group decided to oppose the city’s Olympic bid after the 2006 report concluded that nothing could be done to
prosecute the perpetrators of police torture. “After spending four years, conducting more than 700 interviews and
spending at least $6 million, the report came up with nothing,” says Lawrence Kennon, a Chicago attorney who has
been involved in the case since its inception and is a member of Hill’s group. “It was an insult to the people of

The tactic has apparently triggered additional action. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, in June, a federal grand
jury subpoenaed retired detectives who worked with Burge. The office of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is reportedly
conducting the probe and focusing on the sworn statements Burge and other detectives made during depositions in
2003. Those statements are not restricted by the statute of limitations and if they can be proven false, Burge and his
henchmen could face prosecution under obstruction of justice charges. But Hill says the anti-Olympics protests will
continue even if the feds prosecute Burge and his men.

“Daley and his cronies have yet to learn the lesson that you cannot brutalize black men with impunity,” she says.
“Look at the current rash of police shootings and brutality in our communities. If we have to deny Daley the object of
his desire to teach that lesson, so be it.”

Salim Muwakkil is a senior editor of In These Times, where he has worked since 1983, and an op-ed columnist for the
Chicago Tribune. He is currently a Crime and Communities Media Fellow of the Open Society Institute, examining the
impact of ex-inmates and gang leaders in leadership positions in the black community.

____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _
"I can promise that as attorney general, I will never cover up the truth and stand in the way of justice."
--Lisa Madigan campaign news release, September 23, 2002

RALLY at Lisa Madigan's Office
Friday July 18, noon
Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St.

Two years ago, Special Prosecutors Edward Egan and Robert Boyle released a report documenting the use of electro-
shock, suffocation with plastic typewriter bags, Russian roulette and severe beatings in Area 2 and Area 3 police
stations by Commander Jon Burge and his henchmen to obtain "confessions" from African-American men on the south
side of Chicago. But Egan and Boyle failed to bring brutal cops to justice, deciding that the statute of limitations on
their actions had passed. Now, federal prosecutors have subpoenaed a number of Burge's detectives before a grand
jury, raising the possibility of federal perjury charges.

Meanwhile, dozens of Burge's victims languish in prisons throughout Illinois. All deserve new trials. Lisa Madigan, who
was appointed to oversee these cases in 2002, has the power to initiate evidentiary hearings, but she has done
nothing in six years on the job. Mark the two-year anniversary of the release of the Burge report by demanding justice
for police torture victims. Toothless reports are not enough. ALL torture victims deserve new trials, while the
perpetrators of torture deserve prosecution and jail time.

Sponsors include Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Citizens for Earned Release, Illinois Institute for Community Law
and Affairs, International Socialist Organization, Justice Coalition of Greater Chicago, Men and Women in Prison
Ministries, National Alliance against Racist and Political Repression, October 22 Coalition against Police Brutality,
Stateville Speaks, Tamms Year 10, United in Peace; and 8th Day Center for Justice.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009



There are 77 designated communities in Chicago. Statements were rendered from the following communities at the hearings. Summaries of those statements will be uploaded in the very near future.


* multiple representatives

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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A Moscow press-conference of ecologists, human rights activists and Sochi residents has suggested that the International Olympic Committee(IOC) has grounds to cancel the winter Olympic Games, set to take place in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2014. The press-conference, titled “The 2014 Sochi Olympics. Opportunism, incompetence, disregard for the law – the major threat to the collapse of the National Project,” met in Moscow on April 10th.

Garry Kasparov, the leader of the United Civil Front party, noted that what is currently happening in the region does not correspond to the original plan as it was presented in Guatemala. Several planned construction sites are currently unbuildable, after geodesic surveys discovered underground problems. Panelists named the Imeretinsky Bukhta, which has an exceptionally high water table, with groundwater just two meters beneath the surface of the soil, and where “15-20 meter-long pilings drown.”

“There are things that cannot be done, even if a billion dollars is buried into them,” Kasparov said.

Another concern raised by the panelists was the unprecedented level of spending required to pull the Olympic games together, which Kasparov said is “beating all the records.” Sochi lacks much of the infrastructure of previous Olympic locations, and the original expense prediction of 6 billion dollars is shockingly low. Ivan Starikov of the People for Democracy and Justice party, commented that the current estimate for transportation infrastructure alone was now set at 7 billion dollars. Other cities beaten out by Sochi for the bid to host the games could take the IOC to court, Starikov said, as total cost was a factor in making the original decision.

One Russian Member of Parliament, Viktor Ilyukhin, told the press on April 3rd that the Sochi Olympics could cost more than the last three winter Olympic games combined.

Greenpeace, the international ecological watchdog, may also take the IOC to court. Dmitri Kaptsov, a representative of the “North Caucasus Ecological Watch,” said that Greenpeace is planning to protest the lack of environmental planning before construction, arguing that leading the Olympics in Sochi would cause a regional eco-catastrophe. To date, no expert reports on construction or ecological matters have been completed.

Sochi residents were also present at the conference to speak about the thousands of families facing eviction in the Black Sea resort. Residents complained that government officials were seizing land without providing adequate compensation or equally valued housing. Panelists also called unconstitutional a so-called “Olympic law,” which expedites the process of taking resident’s homes, and bars locals from seeking judicial protection for their property.

The press-conference reached a troubling conclusion, that Olympic planners in Sochi were using the Games as a means to attain personal wealth at the expense of local citizens and Russian taxpayers.

“It must be stated, that the present course will lead to the destruction of a unique Black Sea resort, the massive violation of Russian citizens’ civil rights, [and] the misuse of funds earmarked for the games,” a statement by participants reads. “It will damage Russia’s image, and ultimately, will put even the possibility of leading the Olympic games in Sochi into question.”

As Kaptsov explained, the IOC has the right to move the Olympics to a different city in the case that the country hosting the games does not meet its obligations. As an example, the presenters noted the 1976 Olympics, which were moved from Denver in the United States to Montreal in Canada.

The press-conference did suggests a way to ameliorate the state of affairs in Sochi. They proposed enacting a strict citizen’s control of the preparations, and suggested the possibility of moving some of the major Olympic facilities to other Russian regions that are more suited to hosting the winter Olympics. A Citizen’s Council with the obligation of overseeing the preparations in Sochi is currently in the works.

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Chicago Drops From Top Spot In 2016 Olympic Bid BidIndex Despite “Obama Effect”
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Tokyo has taken the lead in the latest installment of’s BidIndex, the original and most trusted formula for rating Olympic bids throughout their campaigns. In this first update since the evaluation report was released and the short list revealed last June, many new dimensions have been added to measure the potential success of each bid; the latest being added today after the U.S. election.

New frontrunner Tokyo scored 61.22, up 0.56 and with a healthy lead over second-place Rio de Janeiro, down 0.17 to 59.73. Even with the loss, Rio moved up one spot ahead of Chicago. Chicago dropped from first to third and fell 1.96 points to 58.78 narrowly ahead of fourth place Madrid at 58.63, down 0.87. Madrid was also fourth in the June update.

Despite this week’s historic U.S. election victory by Barack Obama who has close ties to the city – Chicago’s bid fell to third behind Rio de Janeiro. While President-elect Obama will certainly be a valuable asset to the Chicago bid team, it’s too early to determine whether his politics or involvement in the bid will have a significant impact on the final vote next October. Chicago 2016 Spokesperson Patrick Sandusky told today that while the bid team hopes the newly-elected president will attend the bid election in Copenhagen next year, they can’t predict what his schedule will be at that time.

“[President-elect Barack Obama] is an ardent supporter of our bid, he has attended rallies and been involved in films – he has been a backer from the get-go”, said Sandusky.

“There are no immediate plans for Obama to be involved in any presentations” he added.

Chicago’s scores in the IOC evaluation report were weaker than anticipated resulting in the decline.

Bouyed by a strong evaluation report released by the IOC in June, Tokyo has shown that it has strong technical fundamentals – an important factor at this early stage of the race. The compact centralized plan, top-rated accommodations and an effective financial plan put the Japanese Capital on top. IOC members will be anxious to see what this bid offers next year when the full plan is submitted.

Widely considered a sentimental favourite, Rio de Janiero is trying to become the first city to host the Olympics in South America. While IOC President Jacques Rogge’s desire to bring the Games to new continents is a driving factor behind the bid today – Rio will have to back it up next year with strong fundamentals and consistent strategic lobbying.

Madrid’s fourth place standing in BidIndex is somewhat deceiving. The Spanish bid is the most experienced in the field and it came second on the IOC evaluation report – but Madrid still stands very narrowly behind Rio, and still in striking distance from the top spot. With much potential, this bid has the best chance to gain momentum throughout the campaign next year because of its familiarity with the IOC and the support of former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, both important factors when the hard lobbying begins.

The bids will submit complete bid books with much additional information to the IOC in February 2009. This data will help further shape BidIndex and could cause further fluctuations. Later in April and May, the IOC will conduct evaluation visits of each city that will provide more data to the BidIndex model.

BidIndex is a mathematical model developed by that when applied to an Olympic Bid, produces a number that can be used to rate a bid relative to past successful bids - and possibly gauge its potential success. London’s winning 2012 bid had a final BidIndex score of 65.07 while Sochi's winning 2014 Winter Games bids scored 63.17.

BidIndex is not intended to rate the bids based solely on technical quality, but on how the bids will perform based on IOC voting patterns. History has proven that the best technical bids often do not win but other factors such as geo-politics usually have a significant impact.

BidIndex Results

Tokyo: 61.22 (up 0.56)
Rio: 59.73 (down 0.17)
Chicago: 58.78 (down 1.96)
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January 15, 2009Contact: Banbose Shango

GENEVA---Bob Brown, co-director of Pan-African Roots, arrived in Geneva, Switzerland on January 13, 2009, to attend the Eighth Session of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent which meets from January 12 to January 16, 2009. He is attending this Session as a representative of the International Indian Treaty Council, an NGO with ECOSOC Consultative Status.
Hosted by the UN Human Rights Council, the Eighth Session focused on an assessment of the work of the Working Group since its creation, evaluated what has been done, and how, and determining where to go from here, as well as developed its programme of work for the future, including its meetings, country visits and participation in the build-up process for the Durban Review Conference which will be held in Geneva in April 2009.
The Session devoted a day of analysis of the situation of children of African descent. It identified and shared best practices in the struggle against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, made suggestions about the Working Group's future programme of work, and made recommendations to be included in the Outcome Document which will be discussed and approved at the April 2009 Durban Review Conference.
Mr. Brown informed the Working Group about the Slavery Disclosure Ordinance in Chicago and other cities and about his historic and precedent-setting lawsuit to enforce them. He recommended that cities, counties, states/provinces, nations, regional and international organizations, and non-governmental organizations in every corner of Africa, the African Diaspora, and the World pass similar laws, resolutions, policies and regulations demanding the full disclosure of any and all slavery era records of any and all entities whom they do business with.
The 3rd World Conference against Racism declared that "slavery and the slave trade are crimes against humanity, and should have always been so." Mr. Brown informed the Working Group, that the majority of African People in the United States, and other corners of the world, do not agree with the latter part of this declaration.
He informed the Working Group that the UN Human Rights Council and they have an obligation to explain to World Humanity when, where, how and why slavery and the slave trade were prohibited and abolished in every country in the world; when and how they where declared crimes against humanity, and why this did not apply to African People.
The Regional Preparatory Meeting for Africa for the Durban Review Conference which met in Abuja, Nigeria from 24-26 August 2008, requested that the Human Rights Council organize a seminar or panel discussion on all aspects of the transatlantic slave trade provisions of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the UN General Assembly resolutions 61/19 and 62/122, taking into consideration African Union initiatives on this issue, and include its findings and recommendations in the Preparatory Process and the Durban Review Conference.
The Representative of the South African Delegation to the Working Group's Eighth Session, on South Africa's and the Africa Group's behalf, requested yesterday, that grass-roots meetings be held in every corner of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Mr. Brown suggested that "The Evolution of the Global Prohibition Regime against the Slave Trade and Slavery" be included as a theme or issue in these seminars, panels and/or meetings.
Mr. Brown suggested that Chicago be one of these venues, during the week of March 25, 2009--the "International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Slave Trade and Slavery."
Chicago is the capital of black economics and politics in the United States. It is the only city in the United States which has produced 20 out of 50 Aldermen, 3 of 7 Congressmen, 1 Senator and a President-elect of African Descent. It is also the legal and political center of the Reparations Movement, and the struggle to disclose slavery era records. Mr. Brown believes that the African Community in Chicago is well positioned to host such a historic gathering.
A panel discussion titled "Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Challenges for the Durban Review Conference: Remembrance, Apologies, and Remedies" was held on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, from 13:00 to 15:00 hours, in Room XXIV of the Palais de Nations.
Participants included: Malaak Shabazz, (daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz); Joe Frans, chairperson of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent; Professor Rex Nettleson, chair of the International Scientific Committee to the UNESCO Slave Route Project, Dr. Barryl Biekman, National Platform Dutch Slavery Past; and Jon Lonn, Swedish Centre Against Racism. Mrs. Margaret Parsons, Afro-Canadian Legal Clinic will moderate the discussion. The panel was organized by the World Against Racism Network, Afro-Canadian Legal Clinic, Swedish Centre Against Racism, Afro-Swedish National Association, International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations and National Dutch Slavery Past.
Mr. Brown also took the occasion of his visit to Switzerland to raise similar concerns with the International Olympics Committee. He informed the IOC that the Chicago Slavery Era Disclosure Ordinance applies to any and all stakeholders in the Chicago 2016 bid, including but not limited to any and all of the National Olympic Committees and Teams.
Simply put, they cannot receive any services, benefits, support or guarantees from the City of Chicago unless and until their Governments search and disclose any and all of their and any and all of their Royal and Leading Families' slavery era records.
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Olympics Community Benefit Ordinance
Chicago 2016 At January's City Council Meeting, Aldermen Preckwinkle, Fioretti, Hairston, Cochran, and Dowell introduced an ordinance that would protect the interests of commun ities that could be affected by the 2016 Olympics. The focus is to increase public participation, development of affordable housing from the Olympic Village, adequate notice and compensation for anyone who is displaced due to the construction of Olympic sites, utilization of minority and female owned businesses, subsidy accountability, allocation of workforce development programs, eligibility for tax credits, low interest loans, and grants for businesses leasing space in the Olympic Village who pay their employees a living wage, and utilization of mass transit which will result in massive improvements to CTA trains and buses. To see the text of this ordinance, visit

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Cook County Signs On to Olympics Bid
At it meeting on February 4, the Cook County Board of Commissioners ratified by a 15 to 1 vote it's January 23 decision to enter in to the following agreement regarding Chicago's 2016 Olympics bid:
"The City of Chicago has requested Cook County as well as other governmental parties to enter into a Governmental Cooperation Agreement ("Agreement") for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Cook County Board of Commissioners previously authorized the execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Chicago to utilize County Properties as venues for cycling competitions as needed during the 2016 Olympic Games; however authorization of the attached Governmental
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

“The Olympic Human Rights Project at Chicago” is an entity that focuses primarily on educating and informing the public about how the Olympic Games, primarily 2016 Olympic Games will impact the citizens of Chicago. In many ways, the impact will be in the form of human rights violations as defined by the United Nations.

Preparation for hosting the Olympics requires years of planning and unfortunately, much of that planning is rooted more in politics than for insuring that the public will be the primary beneficiaries of such a mega event. All aspects of the city’s dwellers quality of life will be affected including schools, neighborhoods, transportation, businesses, environment and finances. Already, the Chicago City Council has passed an ordinance allowing the mayor to utilize at least $500,000,000 of taxpayers’ money without conducting hearings. Although, hundreds of athletes will be participating in the Olympics from around the world, Chicago Public Schools are eliminating many physical education and athletic programs. How will Chicago youngsters become prepared to compete in The Games if there are no training programs available to them? Various parks that are patronized weekly as well as daily will be destroyed. Washington Park has been designated for the track and field events and an 80,000 seat stadium is being proposed. Douglas Park is the potential site for some aquatics events, while plans for a natatorium, is in the works. In both of these instances, the neighborhoods where they are situated, Washington Park, Bronzeville and Lawndale respectively, will be destroyed. Thousands of people will be permanently displaced who have resided in these communities for decades. Further, the bill for playing host to the Olympic Games is astronomical, while the city will bear the brunt and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will reap most of the profit. This is exclusive of the athletes who have trained for a very long time in order to arrive at this occasion. Their rewards will come in the form of a gold, silver or bronze medal and if they have the proper agents and product endorsements.
So, the obvious question is, “why would Chicago want to host the 2016 Olympic Games?” In order for this question to be addressed properly, an historical perspective must be rendered.
The Chicago 21 Plan
Obviously, Daley didn’t decide to sign on to such a major commitment without some forethought. That much credit he deserves. Mayors, all have visions of how they want their cities to be portrayed. Usually, those visions are motivated by self interest. Well, Richard J. Daley was no different. As a matter of fact, he was a master visionary when it came to this city. Till this day, it is virtually impossible to speak of Chicago and the name Daley does not occur somewhere in that conversation.
“The Chicago 21 Plan” is Richard J. Daley’s vision of how he wanted Chicago to look in the 21st century. Having died in 1976, after being the mayor since 1955, he had a long time to develop that vision. In the “Chicago 21 Plan”, which was made public in “1973”, outlined conspicuously, it calls for tremendous restructuring and redefining of the city. Ultimately, resulting in extensive gentrification. Every vision is usually modeled after something and in this case, it appears as though Daley borrowed certain aspects from the city of Paris, France to frame his vision. Plans on such a grand scale, cannot be implemented by one man alone even if his name is Daley. Knowing that he would not be around to see this vision come to fruition, certain mechanisms were put in place to insure that the plan would be carried out. But even the best made plans can go awry.
After Richard J. Daley’s death, there was a temporary scramble for the mayor’s seat. It appears that a Black man named Wilson Frost, an alderman from the 34th ward was the legal successor to the Daley throne. No matter Frost had proven his loyalty, the chance of a non –Daley being mayor at this crucial time, could not be risked. So, Frost was denied physical entrance to the chambers on the day he went to take his legitimate but not rightful place in Chicago history. After the usual Chicago political shenanigans, one day would look up and we had a new mayor. He wasn’t a Daley but he was a long time Daley friend from the neighborhood where they all grew up. Michael Bilandic could be trusted to keep the seat warm until the current city framers could regroup. However, by this time, the people were showing signs of defiance and similarly to being under the absolute rule of the “mean old witch” in “The Wizard of Oz” began to believe that they were free. This feeling became enhanced when Mayor Bliandic, one day, in order to save money, made the fateful decision to stop running the elevated trains to their furthest destination on the South Side. Many Black folks, who were dependent on public transportation, rode those trains on a daily basis.
Bilandic lost his bid for re-election. But the New Daley apparatus was still not fully in place because the election resulted in Chicago getting its first female mayor, Jane Byrne. Although, she as well as Bilandic and his predecessor Richard J. Daley are all Irish, there seems to be no love lost between her and them. The “dirty tricks” committee of the reorganizing Daley machine came out full force against Byrne and for awhile, much of the Black community sided with her. During her tenure, Chicago firefighters conducted a labor strike. Many African Americans who had qualified to become firefighter but denied employment, worked in place of the striking (white) firefighters. When the strike was settled, many of the African Americans were hired permanently. But once again, fate stepped in and administered a mighty blow on behalf of the people.
In time, Byrne clearly demonstrated she was no better for the people than Daley or Bilandic. Her administration began the re-institutionalization of white supremacy on the Chicago Public School Board and for the first time in history, the Chicago Police Department acquired a labor representative, the Fraternal Order of Police (exclusively Irish group of police officers). By this time, the African American community which is the majority ethnic group in Chicago began the clarion call that it was time for an African American mayor.
In 1977, without little fanfare, Harold Washington unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Chicago. One year after Daley’s death, this would mark the beginning of a seven period, after twenty-one years of Daley as mayor. Washington was successful in 1983 and became Chicago’s first African American mayor. He was approached during his tenure to have Chicago host a couple of mega events, one being the World’s Fair. It is also rumored that the USOC asked at that time if Chicago would be interested in hosting the 1996 Olympics that was held in Atlanta, Ga. Mayor Washington declined them both. But not without having have to be dissuaded by political representatives of the people. Their advice against it was for the same reasons given by those who are against the 20016 Games. Mayor Washington, unlike Mayor Richard M. Daley acquiesced to the wishes of the people. Also unlike Mayor Richard M. Daley, Washington was not wedded to the “Chicago 21 Plan”. Washington’s one term and several months in office, 1983-1987, pushed back the Daleyites. He came to understand that the people have a right to self-determination. He didn’t have a “rubber stamp” city council. As a matter of fact, history tells us that it was one of the most independent councils in Chicago political history. So, in many ways, the Washington administration is symbolic of what “A Dream Deferred”, Langston Hughes’ poem. The Daley dream for Chicago did not die but in 1987, Washington did and that opened the floodgates for the ushering in of the new and improved Daley machine.
Eugene Sawyer became the mayor during the interim, before the regular election in 1989 of which Richard M. Daley won and has been in office since that time. Priority number one, making the dream a reality. The Daley team, hopes to utilize the expected revenue generated from interest in the Games and from the Games to fund as much as possible the completion of the “Chicago 21 Plan”, which includes making those exclusively associated with it rich and richer.
Categories; Olympic Human Rights Project at Chicago
• Definition-
International Olympic Committee
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the supreme authority of the Olympic movement.
The IOC is an international non-governmental non-profit organisation and the creator of the Olympic Movement. The IOC exists to serve as an umbrella organisation of the Olympic Movement. It owns all rights to the Olympic symbols, flag, motto, anthem and Olympic Games. Its primary responsibility is to supervise the organisation of the summer and winter Olympic Games.
The IOC President is elected by the IOC members by secret ballot for an initial term of eight years, renewable once for four additional years. The President presides over all activities of the IOC, acting as its permanent representative. The current President, since 16 July 2001, is Jacques Rogge, of Belgium.
The members of the IOC are individuals who act as the IOC's representatives in their respective countries, not as delegates of their country within the IOC. The members meet once a year at the IOC Session. They retire at the end of the calendar year of which they turn 70 years, unless they were elected before the opening of the 110th Session (11 December 1999). In that case, they must retire when they reach the age of 80. The term of office for all members is eight years, renewable every eight years. The IOC chooses and elects its members from among such persons as its nominations committee considers qualified. All Olympic Movement members have the right to submit nominations.
The International Olympic Committee is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement
The IOC members, natural persons, are representatives of the IOC in their respective countries, and not their country's delegate within the IOC. As stated in the Olympic Charter: "Members of the IOC represent and promote the interests of the IOC and of the Olympic Movement in their countries and in the organisations of the Olympic Movement in which they serve" (Olympic Charter 2004, page 28).
There are currently 107# members, 23 honorary members and 1 honour members. Juan Antonio Samaranch is Honorary President for life.
• List of members
• Honorary President - Juan Antonio Samaranch
• List of honorary members
• List of honour members
List of members by protocol order
Last name, First name
Year of election
Games participation
1963 1936/52
MZALI, Mohamed (Mr)
SMIRNOV, Vitaly (Mr)
TALLBERG, Peter (Mr)
1976 1960/64/68/72/80
GOSPER A.O., Richard Kevan (Mr)
1977 1956/60 **
POUND, Q.C., Richard W. (Mr)
1978 1960
HE, Zhenliang (Mr)
CARRARO, Franco (Mr)
COLES, A.M., Phillip Walter (Mr)
1982 1960/64/68
DIBÓS, Iván (Mr)
IGAYA, Chiharu (Mr) *
1982 1952/56/60 **
1983 1968/72/76 **
LIECHTENSTEIN, Nora de (HSH Princess)
ELIZALDE, Francisco J. (Mr)
ALBERT II, (HSH the Sovereign Prince)
1985 1988/92/94/98/02
NIKOLAOU, Lambis V. (Mr) *
DEFRANTZ, Anita L. (Ms)
1986 1976 **
GEESINK, Anton (Mr)
1987 1964 **
ROYAL, (HRH the Princess)
1988 1976
WU, Ching-Kuo (Mr)
NYANGWESO, Francis W. (Major General)
1988 1960
BELLO, Fernando F. Lima (Mr)
1989 1968/72
TRÖGER, Walther (Mr)
OKANO, Shun-ichiro (Mr)
1990 1968 **
CARRIÓN, Richard L. (Mr) *
OSWALD, Denis (Mr) *
1991 1968/72/76 **
ROGGE, Jacques (Count) *
1991 1968/72/76
VÁZQUEZ RAÑA, Mario (Mr) *
BACH, Thomas (Mr) *
1991 1976 **
AL-SABAH, Ahmad Al-Fahad (Sheikh)
EASTON, James L. (Mr)
REEDIE, Craig (Sir)
PESCANTE, Mario (Mr) *
HEIBERG, Gerhard (Mr) *
LJUNGQVIST, Arne (Professor)
1994 1952
SEALY, Austin L. (Mr)
MITCHELL, Robin E. (Dr)
DIALLO, Alpha Ibrahim (Mr)
GILADY, Alex (Mr)
BORZOV, Valeriy (Mr)
1994 1972/76 **
FASEL, René (Mr) *
KILLY, Jean-Claude (Mr)
1995 1964/1968 **
RAMSAMY, Sam (Mr) *
VÁZQUEZ RAÑA, Olegario (Mr)
1995 1964/68/72/76
VRDOLJAK, Antun (Mr)
HICKEY, Patrick Joseph (Mr)
KHOURY, Toni (Mr)
LARFAOUI, Mustapha (Mr)
ALI, Shahid (Syed)
CHANG, Ung (Mr)
LINDBERG, Gunilla (Ms)
MAGLIONE, Julio César (Mr)
LEE #, Kun Hee (Mr)
CINQUANTA, Ottavio (Mr)
DRUT, Guy (Mr)
1996 1972/76 **
1998 1964/68/72/76/80 **
LUXEMBOURG, De (HRH the Grand Duke)
SABET, Mounir (General)
EL MOUTAWAKEL , Nawal (Ms) *
1998 1984 **
ORANGE, (HRH the Prince of)
NG, Ser Miang (Mr) *
BLATTER, Joseph S. (Mr)
DIACK, Lamine (Mr)
DI CENTA, Manuela (Ms)
1999 1984/88/92/94/98 **
AJÁN, Tamás (Mr)
KASPER, Gian-Franco (Mr)
KEINO, Kipchoge (Mr)
2000 1964/68/72 **
NUZMAN, Carlos Arthur (Mr)
2000 1964
PALENFO, Lassana (Intendant General)
YU, Zaiqing (Mr) *
FOK, Timothy Tsun Ting (Mr)
SINGH, Randhir (Raja)
2001 1964/68/72/76/80/84
COATES, AC, John D. (Mr)
HAYATOU, Issa (Mr)
SAMARANCH JR, Juan Antonio (Mr)
ABDULAZIZ, Nawaf Faisal Fahd (HRH Prince)
CHAMUNDA, Patrick S. (Mr)
AL-THANI, T. Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa (HRH Prince)
WIBERG, Pernilla (Ms)
2002 1992/94/98/02 **
CRAVEN, MBE, Philip (Sir)
FREDERICKS, Frank (Mr) *
2004 1992/96/04 **
2004 1988/92/96/00/04 **
EL GUERROUJ, Hicham (Mr)
2004 1996/00/04 **
ELWANI, Rania (Dr)
2004 1992/96/00
RICCI BITTI, Francesco (Mr)
IMRAN, Tunku (HRH Prince)
HOEVERTSZ, Nicole (Ms)
2006 1984
ALLEN, Béatrice (Ms)
SCOTT, Rebecca (Ms)
2006 1998/02/06 **
KOIVU, Saku (Mr)
2006 1994/98 **
BAUMANN, Patrick (Mr)
AL HUSSEIN, Haya Bint (HRH Princess)
SUBOWO, Rita (Ms)
BUBKA, Sergey (Mr)
2008 1988/92/96/00 **
ERDENER, Ugur (Dr)
MOON, Dae Sung (Mr)
2008 2004 **
POPOV, Alexander (Mr)
2008 1992/96/00/04 **
BOKEL, Claudia (Ms)
2008 1996/00/04 **
RUIZ LUACES, Yumilka (Ms)
2008 1996/00/04 **
* Executive Board member
** Olympic medallist
# Provisionally given up the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from his IOC membership
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Last name, First name
Year of election
Games participation
Samaranch, Juan Antonio
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List of members by protocol order
Last name, First name
Year of election
Games participation
LUXEMBOURG, Jean de (HRH the Grand Duke)
1963 1960 **
ERICSSON, Gunnar (Mr)
WORRALL, James (Mr)
1967 1936
HALIM, Abdel Mohamed (Mr)
HERZOG, Maurice (Mr)
BEITZ, Berthold (Mr)
KUMAR, Ashwini (Mr)
1977 1948
HEINZE, Günther (Mr)
MUÑOZ PEÑA, Roque Napoleón (Mr)
CERNUSAK, Vladimir (Mr)
GLEN-HAIG DBE, Mary Alison (Dame)
1982 1948/52/56/60
ABU SAMAH, Hamzah (Tan Sri)
STANKOVIC, Borislav (Mr)
BORBÓN, Doña Pilar de (HRH the Infanta)
ADEFOPE, Henry Edmund Olufemi (Major General)
MAGVAN, Shagdarjav (Mr)
* Executive Board member
** Olympic medallist
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List of members by protocol order
Last name, First name
Year of election
Games participation
* Executive Board member
** Olympic medallist

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