Daily Herald opinion: Limits on local efforts to secure the Bears could disrupt a transformative opportunity

Daily Herald opinion: Limits on local efforts to secure the Bears could disrupt a transformative opportunity

The suburban advocacy group Americans for Prosperity deserves at least some credit for calling attention to the ingrained business practice of strong-arming government's taxpayers for help with private construction and relocation expenses. But the village of Arlington Heights' effort to land the Chicago Bears NFL franchise is not the hill on which to fight this battle. As our Chris Placek reported last week, the group is passing petitions aiming to force the Arlington Heights Village Board to consider a proposal that would forbid providing incentives to help the Bears move to the property vacated by Arlington International Racecourse. A spokesman argues that the Bears have plenty of money to relocate and build a new stadium rather than asking for help from taxpayers. It's a reasonable argument, and one that could …
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