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Couch: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Is Right: Bears Are Holding City For Ransom

I get the appeal. When you live in the suburbs, you get lots of free parking. I have a three-car garage and don’t even keep a car in there. You can walk slowly, wear bright-colored clothes if you want or even white socks with flip flops! So the Chicago Bears announced Thursday that they had put a bid on the land in suburban Arlington Heights, site of the most beautiful horse racing track anywhere, Arlington Park. The idea would be to build a new Bears stadium there, theoretically with a roof so they can redefine Bear Weather as 68 degrees and predictable. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says it’s all a negotiating ploy by the Bears as they try to get more out of their current deal at Soldier Field in the city. That would include more renovations. Apparently, the half billion dollars in tax money that was put into remodeling Soldier Field for the Bears 20 years ago just didn’t go as far as the Bears would’ve liked. But Lightfoot notes that the Bears are locked into a lease through 2033, and aren’t going anywhere. So who knows how this will come out. It’s going to have to work its […]

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in RollingStone.com and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for CNN.com/Bleacher Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.