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POLL FINDS CHICAGO RESIDENTS OPPOSE USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS
Published August 28, 1995
When asked whether they favor using public funds to finance a new stadium to keep the Bears from moving out of state, 62% of Chicago-area residents said no, 26% supported the idea and 13% had no opinion, according to results of a CHICAGO TRIBUNE poll published on Sunday's front page. The poll also found that there is "almost no public support" for Bears President Michael McCaskey's dream of a "suburban tax-financed stadium." The TRIBUNE's Swanson & McRoberts report that "the only stadium option that appears to have broad public support" is a multipurpose domed stadium adjacent to Chicago's McCormick Place. Other poll results: 44% favor a domed stadium, 41% an open-air field, and 15% had no preference. 55% disapprove of how McCaskey has handled the stadium issue, 12% approve, and 32% had no opinion. The poll surveyed 600 "heads of households" in the metro-Chicago area. Margin of error is +/- 4% (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/27). INDIANA BEARS? An out-of-state group has made a bid for the Bears. During Thursday's Bears preseason game, a coalition of Indiana business and political leaders made an offer to "consider several land parcels" that meet the team's criteria of a location within 20-30 miles from the Chicago Loop. The group claims advantages including a favorable tax climate and a natural surface playing field (Adrienne Drell, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/27). But Sue Ellen Christian writes the plan "is long on concept and short on details. There is no specific funding source, no specific site and no funding mechanism" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/27).