Illinois lawmakers may decide if Chicago Bears get public dollars for a new stadium

Illinois lawmakers may decide if Chicago Bears get public dollars for a new stadium


(The Center Square) – Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield this week to resume the spring session, and the Chicago Bears could be on the agenda.

The Bears unveiled a nearly $5 billion proposal for an enclosed stadium and the NFL team is asking for taxpayer funding to help make it happen. The plan calls for $3.2 billion for a new stadium plus an additional $1.5 in infrastructure.

“We have the most vivid downtown architectural design, and this affords us the opportunity to be able to bring this all together in the greatest city on the planet,” Bears President and CEO Kevin Warren said during the unveiling earlier this week.

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Warren said the team would ask state lawmakers to act before the spring legislative session ends

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