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Hundreds protest against Chicago's Olympic bid

2009-09-30 02:20:31 GMT2009-09-30 10:20:31 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Nate Goldbaum, a Chicago school teacher, leads chants as people opposed to the city's bid for the 2016 Olympics rally outside City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, in Chicago.(Reuters Photo)

CHICAGO, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- About 300 protesters demonstrated in Chicago's City Hall Tuesday evening against Chicago's Olympic bid, saying the financial investment could be better used on health clinics, schools and other projects.

The demonstration was organized by "No Games Chicago".

Protesters also criticized President Obama's support of the bid.

The protesters say city officials have not proven they can bring in large infrastructure projects under budget and without corruption.

"The people backing the bid have hundreds of millions of dollars. We're just citizens. It can be disheartening," said JamesOwens, 42, of Chicago, a web programmer.

According to a poll conducted by Chicago Tribune this month, 47 percent of Chicagoans want the Games compared with 45 percent who do not. Chicago 2016 released a Zogby International poll today finding that 72 percent of Chicago-area residents want the Games.

The IOC is scheduled to name the host city on Friday. Chicago is up against Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo.

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