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WITH NO DEAL YET IN CHICAGO, BEARS CONTINUE GARY TALKS
Published December 20, 1995
The Bears held another round of talks with officials in northwest Indiana Tuesday, moving closer to a "memorandum of understanding" committing the team to move to Gary if a local income tax increase is approved, according to the CHICAGO SUN- TIMES. Indiana stadium group spokesperson Colleen Dykes said an agreement outlining terms under which the Bears would move could be finalized in "two or three weeks." Bears VP Ted Phillips said it could take as long as a few months for "major contingencies" to be addressed to the team's satisfaction. Tuesday's negotiations were the first since the Bears broke off talks with the city of Chicago (Fran Spielman, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 12/20). BLITZ: Proponents of a Bears stadium in Gary plan to launch an advertising "blitz" this weekend, according to the GARY POST- TRIBUNE. Readers of Sunday's Post-Tribune and Munster Times will see full-page ads touting the $482M stadium. NIPSCO (the local power company) customers will also get a similar ad in monthly billing statements. The print ads, which cost $4,500, will be paid for by the Dewey Parriman Construction Advancement Foundation, the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Northwest Indiana Forum. The Convention and Visitors Bureau has earmarked $10,000 to market the stadium idea and is trying to get its information to the public first. NIPSCO has already spent $400,000 on marketing, consultants' fees, environmental tests, architectural renderings and feasibility studies. NIPSCO is counting on Northwest Indiana-Chicago Land Entertainment Inc. repaying that money as residents are concerned utility rates will go up with the stadium spending. Dykes says the money comes from NIPSCO's economic development budget, set up to lure business to the region (Peter Van Allen, GARY POST-TRIBUNE, 12/19).