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Timetable Set For Issues Around Soldier Field Renovation
Published January 23, 2002
Cook County (IL) Circuit Judge John Madden yesterday "agreed to expedite a case and ordered" the Friends of the Parks and the Soldier Field development team "to formulate a time frame during which they can gather depositions and other evidence for him to consider before making a final decision on the remaining two counts of the lawsuit," according to Ellen Almer of CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS. Madden also set a January 30 deadline for the development team to answer Friends of the Park's "discovery requests," and scheduled February 25 for a status hearing. The two remaining counts claim the stadium renovation "improperly taps public funds and violates public trust by using public land for private use" (CRAIN'S CHICAGO, 1/22). In Chicago, Ford & Mendell write that "both sides of the dispute hailed Madden's ruling as a victory." Stadium renovation spokesperson Tom Hardy, noting that Madden "has done nothing to stop work at the site," said, "Now we're just marking time until this case is resolved." But Friends of the Parks President Erma Tranter said that the ruling "holds out the possibility that Madden eventually could order the Bears to stop building the new [facility] and regardless of cost to the team put up something more acceptable to preservationists" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/23).