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Chicago 2016 Update: Chicago 2016 needs to focus on big picture, says U.K. official

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In order for the 2016 Olympics to be worthwhile, they have to have a lasting legacy upon the city, and not just by becoming another star on the city’s flag.

Trick is, how does this happen without breaking the bank entirely?

This was one of the topics in Tessa Jowell speech to the city’s Metropolitan Planning Council last week, writes Greg Hinz in an article for Crain’s Chicago Business. Jowell, United Kingdom’s minister for Olympics and London and one of the people responsible for the London 2012 Olympics, says Chicago 2016 officials need to focus on the Games’ possible legacy if the Windy City wins the bid.

She also spoke of the city’s plan to build a temporary stadium in Washington Park, which she says is a good idea, as IOC officials will take cost into account now more than ever.