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EDGAR SUGGESTS THE BEARS PAY UP TO HALF OF MCDOME COSTS

     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).
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