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June 4, 2008

Statement from Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
On Chicago being selected as a finalist city for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games

CHICAGO – “We are pleased that the International Olympic Committee has selected Chicago as one of the finalist cities to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Today we reached a critical stage in the selection process, reiterating that Illinois and Chicago are world-class destinations with much to offer, including a wonderful workforce and world-class attractions. Today's announcement is great news for the State of Illinois. I will do everything I can as governor to pass a public works program that would enable us to invest in transit, roads, bridges and other infrastructure that will boost Chicago's efforts to deliver the crown jewel of international sporting events to Illinois.”


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