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Blagojevich's woes mean little to Chicago Olympic bid

December 10, 2008 | 10:45 am

The IOC clearly stays up on the news.

Several IOC members who will choose the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics said the impact of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's legal problems on the Chicago bid would be minimal, our own Philip Hersh reports today from Lausanne, Switzerland, where the group is meeting.

"Anything like that can't help," IOC member Prince Albert of Monaco told him. "But it doesn't touch the technical aspect of the bid or the infrastructure side, just the political atmosphere around the bid, and I shouldn't think it will have too much of an impact."

Hersh points outs that the Chicago 2016 has not used Blagojevich's image in any of the videos it has made to promote the bid internationally. Hersh's full story will be available soon on

-- Debbie Goffa