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Transportation secretary going to Olympics meeting

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[September 26, 2009]  WASHINGTON (AP) -- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is joining a growing list of Obama administration officials who will travel to Denmark next week to support Chicago's Olympic bid.

The International Olympic Committee is meeting in Copenhagen on Oct. 2 to choose a host city for the 2016 Summer Games. Chicago faces tough competition from Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo.

LaHood is a former Illinois congressman and a native of the state. He'll join first lady Michelle Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett in Copenhagen.

The White House says a decision has not been made on whether the president will also go to Copenhagen. An advance team traveled there to make preparations in the event he does attend.

[Associated Press]

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