- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) - Officials hoping to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago are hoping the city lives up to its promise on paper.

An International Olympic Committee inspection team arrives in town Thursday.

The team will be in Chicago until early next week to grade the city on its bid. They’ll visit the sites of proposed venues and meet with Chicago 2016 officials.

At a news conference Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley urged Chicagoans to show they’re excited about the city’s bid by making posters and registering their support online.

Chicago is the first of the four finalists cities to be inspected. Chicago is competing against Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro. The IOC will decide in October which city will be the host.

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