Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley
Mayor Daley has been leading Chicago since he was elected in 1989, and he says there is no better place than Chicago for the world to gather and embrace America. "We think it is a United States of America experience," he says. "Our city is a city of immigrants and migration who come to a very diverse city."
Chicago is not only diverse, but remarkably friendly too, Mayor Daley says. "I think it is something about the Midwest values, and people come to the city [with] the 'I will' spirit," he says. "They like the city; they are proud of it."
The International Olympic Committee will decide the host city of the 2016 Olympic Games in October 2009, and while Chicago's waterfront, world-class offerings and excitement for the Olympic Games should make it a strong contender, Mayor Daley says the real reason the IOC should select Chicago is because of its people. "I love this city, and I love it's people," he says.