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     Under pressure from the Bears and union leaders, Chicago
Mayor Richard Daley "softened" his opposition to the so-called
McDome yesterday and said he "won't stand in the way" if IL Gov.
Jim Edgar can finance the project through the six-county
metropolitan Chicago area, according to the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.
Edward Bedore, Daley's stadium point man:  "To use a sports term,
the mayor has passed the football to Edgar and Edgar has to come
up with a plan and see if he can run with it."  Bears VP/Ops Ted
Philips said Daley's shift shows the Mayor has finally admitted
the Soldier Field renovation has been rejected.  Daley denied
that was the case, in the event that neither McDome nor the Gary
stadium is built.  Mike Lawrence, Edgar's press secretary, said
the governor will develop a McDome financing plan that will
likely include taxes on restaurant meals, hotels, rental cars,
limousines, and airport taxis.  Daley has opposed all of these
taxes in the past.  In stating his position, Daley told Edgar the
Bears must also agree to repay taxpayers if the team chooses to
leave before its lease is up.  Meanwhile, Bears officials met
with Gary officials yesterday and came out of meetings stating
the Planet Park development is still on track for a mid-February
tax vote (Speilman & Gillis, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/4).
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