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THE DALEY FEED FROM CHICAGO STRESSES RENOVATION
Published November 28, 1995
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said yesterday he will not support building a domed stadium downtown to keep the Bears in Chicago, according to Kass & Pearson of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Bears officials had asked IL Gov. Jim Edgar to revisit his McDome proposal -- attaching a domed stadium to McCormick Place -- but Daley is sticking with his $156M plan to renovate Soldier Field. Daley's comments seem to indicate "in his town it's his deal or no deal -- even if it means the Bears moving to Gary." City officials have accused the Bears of using the McDome plan and offers from Gary as "bargaining chips to extract more concessions from the city," but Kass & Pearson note Daley "keeps his hand strong by rejecting -- at least for now -- any alternatives" but renovation. Daley called McDome "unbelievable" and questioned how the city would finance it. Daley said "no one wants" the Bears to leave, but stressed the renovation was "the best deal they can have" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/28).