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WAR OF WORDS HAS BEARS STADIUM PLAN IN DEEP HIBERNATION

     Talks have "temporarily" broken off in Chicago on Mayor
Richard Daley's $156M Soldier Field renovation effort, with team
and city officials calling each other "liars" yesterday,
according to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.  One Bears official said, "If
you want to gauge the mood, you'd have to say things have hit
rock bottom."  John Kass reports the "unraveling" began at a
WMAQ-AM radio taping when Daley's stadium point man, Ed Bedore,
demanded a public apology from Bears stadium point man, team
VP/Operations Ted Philips, for his comment that Daley suffered
from "verbal diarrhea" for charging the Bears want new taxes to
guarantee profits.  Bears officials have declined to issue an
apology and say they simply requested the city consider "creative
financing" methods to reduce construction debt and leave more
annual stadium revenues for the Bears.  There was a negotiating
session scheduled for today, but Bedore said the Bears cancelled
over Daley's accusations (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/8).
     BEARS STATEMENT: Philips issued a statement saying the Bears
thought talks would be "kept private," and that the city's
inability to do so "seriously hampered" progress.  On taxes,
Philips said, "It is extremely disappointing to hear continued
inaccurate statements from City Hall, particularly blatant
misrepresentations that the Bears are seeking guaranteed profits.
... We are only looking at stadium revenues comparable to every
other new NFL stadium" (Bears).
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