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Decision 2016

By Todd McClamroch in News on Apr 12, 2007 3:44PM

2007_04_12_olypmic.jpgWe don't know about you, but we plan to pick up a slew of international brews and spend the weekend drinking and tailgating, waiting for the United States Olympic Committee 2016 Olympic Bid Decision, which is expected late Saturday afternoon.

The race between Chicago and Los Angeles to earn the U.S. bid is a dead-heat that is going down to the wire. Last month a scout team visited each city to review their bids. When the scout team submitted its report summarizing its visits, the team opted not to choose one as a favorite. So the decision will come down to the eleven board representatives on Saturday. Although the scout team did not give the advantage to one city, we reported previously that Around The Rings released a power index that gave a slight edge to Chicago (71 to 68).

Chicago further bolstered its financial support this week when Gov. Blagojevich offered to back the Olympic bid with up to $150 million in state funds if needed. On Saturday, in Washington, D.C., each city will have an opportunity to give one last pitch and to participate in a final Q&A session before the vote. When the winner is announced, it has been decided, the actual vote tally will not be released, allowing the committee to show a united front for the winner.

Whether you are for or against our city hosting the Olympics we want to hear who you think will win the United States bid on Saturday. Chicagoist is backing Chicago solely on the fact that our logo is cooler.

Vote below in the comments.