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BEARS LOOKING TO HIBERNATE IN THE SUBURBS

     Sources familiar with plans to move the Bears to a new
stadium say that team President Michael McCaskey is looking at
three suburban sites -- two in DuPage County and one in Cook
County.  Although specific plans "remain a secret," McCaskey
believes time and politics "virtually exclude Chicago as an
alternative" when his lease in Soldier Field expires after the
'99 season.  McCaskey reportedly hopes to build a new stadium
through the use of permanent seat licenses (PSLs), but
"consistently maintains" that he needs public assistance with
land and infrastructure (Don Pierson, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/11).
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