Chicago mayor: Bears aren’t moving, should be focused on beating Packers

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The mayor of Chicago hit back at the Bears this afternoon after the team said it is considering buying a stadium-sized piece of property in the suburbs.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot dismissed the Bears’ move as a mere negotiating ploy, and said she wishes the team would focus on more important things, like beating the Packers.

“Our city is home to some of the world’s finest sports teams who have played a vital role in the city’s re-opening,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “As part of the city’s recovery, many organizations are doubling down on their commitment to Chicago, and we expect the Chicago Bears to follow suit. The Bears are locked into a lease at Soldier Field until 2033. In addition, this announcement from the Bears comes in the midst of negotiations for improvements at Soldier Field. This is clearly a negotiating tactic that the Bears have used before. As a season ticketholder and longtime Bears fan, I am committed to keeping the ‘Chicago’ name in our football team. And like most Bears fans, we want the organization to focus on putting a winning team on the field, beating the Packers finally and being relevant past October. Everything else is noise.”

The property the Bears are bidding on is the Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, about 30 miles from Soldier Field.

23 responses to “Chicago mayor: Bears aren’t moving, should be focused on beating Packers

  1. For real fans, tradition beats the dollar signs that blind owners. Too many owners are polishing the surface while gutting the tradition.

  2. I just hope Ryan Pace was not involved in the bid process or there go the 2023, 2024 & 2025 first round picks.

  3. Given that they’ll be playing the Jordan Love-led packers, I think the Bears will be able to handle a little multitasking here.

  4. You’d think the McCaskey’s would want to focus on building a winning team first, before asking for billions in Cook county tax dollars

  5. finchy74 says:
    June 17, 2021 at 6:47 pm
    Given that they’ll be playing the Jordan Love-led packers, I think the Bears will be able to handle a little multitasking here.

    22 27 Rate This


    What a swing and a miss. Like all the rest of your qb picks have been

  6. Some mayors don’t see any public value in a franchise like the Chicago Bears, so they don’t think the city should invest in them. Oakland’s mayor felt the same way. Now the Raiders are in Las Vegas. Mayors that are willing to invest public money on pro sports franchises might not all love sports, but they look at the investment as a wise business decision for the local economy.

  7. most who live in Chicago would like to see the bears furthest away as possible.

  8. Bears aren’t moving, bears aren’t moving, bears aren’t moving, bears aren’t moving, bears aren’t moving….

  9. She should stay out of football and focus on all the problems she directly or indirectly created in her city.

  10. The bears could easily move if they build their own stadium. The Owner of the Vikes tried to move out of town and wanted to do a GBP type setup with shopping mall and stores etc. He was prepared to move the team until the city ponied up the money for the stadium and basically threatened him with suits if he tried to leave and break his lease.

  11. I voted for her (and would again since her opponent was far worse) but I really wish she would just stop and focus on the issues facing the city.

    Unfortunately, things have gotten worse since she took off the the recently released e-mails have a lot of us who supported her asking if she’s up to the job.

    So, the bottom line is that her views mean very little. There is simply no reason to believe that she will take any real action and beyond that, the chances of her winning another term are dependent on a weak field against her next time.

  12. Maybe the mayor should focus a bit more on her job, you know being the leader of the city, than what a sports team is doing. Pretty sure Chicago’s crime rate and poverty is still crazy high and a bit higher of a priority.

  13. Soldier Field, while historic, can’t keep a decent field and its been behind for awhile. The city should figure something out, Bears are an institution and bring in a ton of money.

  14. These “do your job” comments directed at Lightfoot are ignorant and inept—and that’s me being generous. As much as Lightfoot has made her share of gaffes, the spike in crime occurring is not endemic just to Chicago, nor is it the result of her policies; all American cities—including the majority-white ones—are experiencing it. COVID-19, decades of racist policies, late capitalism—all are disproportionately affecting urban people of color. Cities are complex: finger-pointing from suburbanites does or means little when it comes to understanding or improving them.

    And I can’t believe this needs to be said but: Commerce and culture in the city fall under the purview of the mayor’s office. So she should be talking and focusing on the Bears (among other things).

  15. That mayor has a lot bigger fish to fry than sniping with the Bears via the media. A lot of people are moving out of Chicago into the area where I live and they tell stories that would turn your hair gray. When I lived there in the early 90s it was a great place but you could not pay me enough to live there now.

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