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Bears make progress on Arlington Heights purchase agreement

The Bears are "making progress toward completing their purchase of Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights ... with the clock ticking toward a deadline to seal the deal in 2023," according to Robert McCoppin of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The "highest levels of the team’s administration, including Chairman George McCaskey, have been involved in meetings to make the purchase and subsequent construction of a new football stadium happen." Documents showed that the team "deposited $125,000 with the village for studies of the stadium proposal, and they also included a former baseball executive’s proposal to add a minor league baseball complex to the site." The new baseball fields "were proposed" by William Larsen, a former GM of the independent American Association Kane County Cougars. Larsen said that he had "no financial or other formal backing for the proposal, and hadn’t heard back from the Bears." Meanwhile, village and team officials have "continued meeting to discuss plans for the site." Bears VP/Communications Brandon Faber "didn’t comment on the baseball proposal, but said the team is still trying to see if the site will work for a football stadium." Hayes "wouldn’t talk about specifics of the discussions, but said progress was speeding up due to the Bears’ deadline to finalize the deal by mid-2023" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/29).

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