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EDGAR SUGGESTS THE BEARS PAY UP TO HALF OF MCDOME COSTS
Published January 5, 1996
In releasing the first public details of his plan to finance a $390M domed stadium for the Bears near Chicago McCormick Place, IL Gov. Jim Edgar proposed yesterday that the Bears pay up to half of the construction costs. According to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Edgar also restated his belief that no new or increased tourism-related taxes would be necessary. Bears VP/Ops Ted Philips said it was too early to say if the Governor's plan was viable. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley responded angrily to Edgar's proposal, saying that without a statewide or regional tax, city lawmakers won't vote for it. Daley also said Edgar's McDome plans are undermining his Soldier Field renovation plan (Pearson & Kass, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/5). The SUN-TIMES reports Edgar wants to extend taxes used now to pay for McCormick Place and Navy Pier rather than instituting new taxes (McKinney & Gillis, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/5).