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MCCASKEY SEES AMERICAN BEAUTY IN NEW SITE FOR BEARS STADIUM
Published August 10, 1995
The Bears have added Aurora, a Chicago suburb, "to the list of potential sites for a new football stadium," according to Mike Mulligan of the CHICAGO SUN TIMES. The team as secured an option to buy a 207-acre property "in the far northeast side of Aurora, along the Interstate 88 Research and Development Corridor." The parcel is roughly 25 miles west of Chicago. Bears President Mike McCaskey hopes to have four sites to take to the state legislature "in hopes of determining a final site by January" so construction can be completed for the 2000 season. The Chicago site will be proposed by the city (CHICAGO SUN TIMES, 8/10). The Bears already have an option on lands in Hoffman Estates, about 20 miles northwest of the city. McCaskey: "The city (of Chicago) will have to make its decision about what its favorite site is, and as I understand it, they are looking at two or three sites. We favor whatever site is most doable and can be committed to by the end of 1995." Funding questions "remain a major stumbling block in the team's stadium plans," legislators said it is "unlikely" the IL General Assembly would give the Bears $185M in state bonds to help pay for the $285M stadium" (Peter Baniak, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/10).