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Blagojevich controversy downplayed in Olympic bid

Associated Press - January 26, 2009 1:54 PM ET

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The CEO of a campaign to bring the Olympics to Chicago in 2016 doesn't think the controversy surrounding Illinois' governor should hurt the city's chances of winning the bid.

Patrick Ryan with Chicago 2016 says Governor Rod Blagojevich "has not really been involved" with efforts to bring the games to Chicago.

He says internationally, the bid is associated with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and President Barack Obama.

He made the remarks at a St. Louis news conference to discuss the role the city could play if Chicago is successful.

The Illinois Senate has convened an impeachment trial against Blagojevich. It is considering charges that the Democratic governor tried to sell a Senate seat, used his

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