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ILLINOIS GOV. SUGGESTS POSSIBLE MCDOME FOR BEARS IN CHICAGO
Published August 18, 1995
IL Gov. Jim Edgar "signaled Thursday what is likely to be the state's best plan" to keep the Bears from moving: a domed stadium at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center that can be built without legislative approval, according to this morning's CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Edgar "made it clear" that the "McDome," project, as it is known in Chicago, may be "the most politically palatable option." Because the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which runs McCormick Place, can issue bonds to be repaid through usage revenues, the plan would not require tax dollars for financing and not be subject to a vote in the Assembly. Bears Owner Michael McCaskey has said he opposes his team playing in a dome and wants the state to contribute $185M for an open air stadium, possibly at sites he has options on in suburban Hoffman Estates or Aurora. However, a source told the TRIBUNE: "There isn't any choice given the politics that exist in Springfield. This is the only choice" (Pearson & Christian, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/18).