Congratulations to Mayor Richard M. Daley and the members of Chicago Olympic Bid Committee. Today in Washington D.C., the eleven member of the U.S. Olympic Committee picked Chicago over Los Angeles to be the United States entry in the competition to host the 2016 Olympics.
The final decision will be made in will be held in October 2009, when the International Olympic Committee will meet in Copenhagen to choose from five cities, which are expected to include Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Tokyo.
This is a great day for Chicago which has never hosted an Olympics. We are very proud of our record in being a great host for conventions and for hosting the Century of Progress in 1933 and 1934 and the Columbian Exposition in 1893.