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Chicago 2016 pulls out of panel

After confirming their participation last month, Chicago 2016 called this morning to withdraw from tomorrow night’s Lawndale Alliance town meeting on the Olympics, organizer Valerie Leonard said.  The group’s neighborhood director Arnold Randall was to have appeared  with a representative of No Games Chicago for the first time.  (See Friday’s Newstip  for background.)

The Olympics organization said it would only participate in meetings sponsored by the Chicago Park District in conjunction with the Douglas Park Advisory Council, Leonard reported in a statement.

She said the most recent Douglas Park council meeting included no members of the council, a handful of North Lawndale residents, and a large contingent of bicyclists from outside the community pushing to make the proposed Olympic velodrome a permanent bicycling facility.  She said Lawndale residents spoke in favor of using the facility for “sports that are more culturally relevant to the current population.”

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