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Chicago Mon Jan 12 2009

Get the Pros and Cons of the 2016 Games in LP

Disclosure: I am a founding member of No Games: Chicago -- yes, our site is currently undergoing a redesign.

Below is a press release from the Lincoln Park Advisory Council for a discussion between a representative from the bid committee and an academic from the University of Chicago, a pro-and-con discussion.

The Lincoln Park Advisory Council (LPAC) will sponsor a forum on the Olympic Games and their impact on our park.
The forum will take place on Wednesday, January 14 at 6:45pm at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. *

There will be two speakers, Gyata Kimmons, Director of Community Relations for the Chicago 2016 Committee and Dr. Allen Sanderson, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.

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The Nature Museum is located at 2430 N. Cannon Drive, just north of Fullerton Avenue. The session is free to the public and will start at 6:45pm. There will be ample time for audience participation and Q&A. Street parking is usually available on Cannon Drive. The CTA bus #151 runs along nearby Stockton Drive.

About the participants:

*Gyata Kimmons* is the Director of Community Relations for the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee. Before that, Mr. Kimmons was Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Chicago Public Schools and prior to that he was an Assistant to the Mayor. Mr. Kimmons has a law degree from Howard University and a B.A. in Political Science from Hampton University. He also serves as Leadership Development Chair for the YWCA Future Leaders Council. Web site:

*Dr. Allen Sanderson* is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago and a Senior Research Scientist at the National Opinion Research Center. Mr. Sanderson is an oft-cited authority on sports economics issues, a contributor to op-ed pages on sports and non-sports topics in newspapers around the country and a frequent guest on national and Chicago-area television and radio programs. Mr. Sanderson serves on the editorial board of the /Journal of Sports Economics/ and as a referee for the /Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Business, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Economic Education, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources,/ and /Southern Economic Journal/. His local community/volunteer commitments include STRIVE (a tutoring program), and the Intercity Youth Charitable Trust. Web site:

The Lincoln Park Advisory Council is an all volunteer organization that advises the Chicago park District on policies and programs affecting Lincoln Park (from Ohio Beach to Thorndale Avenue). The Council provides a forum to discuss Lincoln Park concerns and issues; strives for consensus about Lincoln Park concerns and issues; advises and makes recommendations to, and to work with the Chicago Park District; encourages maintenance and improvement of environmental conditions in Lincoln Park; encourages participation of a diversity of organized and non-organized park users; encourages long-range planning; monitors the implementation of the Lincoln Park Framework Plan ; and communicate regularly by means of publications and programs with members, users, and other interested parties about Lincoln Park concerns and issues. Web site:

For more information, contact LPAC Board Secretary, Tom Tresser at 312-804-3230 or

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LevoisAuthor Profile Page / January 13, 2009 6:57 PM

It's great to see the HBCU connection here. :)

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