Arlington International Racecourse: Board rejects petition to ban public money for area near possible Chicago Bears stadium

Arlington International Racecourse: Board rejects petition to ban public money for area near possible Chicago Bears stadium

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ailing. (TOC) — In a unanimous vote, Arlington Heights trustees rejected a petition on Monday evening, giving the inexperienced gentle to potential public funding for improvement surrounding the proposed Chicago Bears stadium.

“We’ve got quite a lot of work to do. There is a chance of a brand new NFL stadium in our city, and also you’re losing our time,” stated Trustee John Scaletta.

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All 9 trustees had been aligned in rejecting the petition, saying that the best way it is written, it could not solely forestall the village from offering incentives to the Chicago Bears, but additionally, some other venture or enterprise going ahead.

“I don’t help such an excessive quantity of restrictive ordinance that stops this board or any future board for making the wanted monetary choices for the widespread good and for the perfect way forward for our village,” stated Trustee Nicolle Grasse.

The Bears have a preliminary $197 million settlement to purchase the Arlington Worldwide Racecourse, with plans of constructing an enclosed stadium there.

The workforce stated they won’t ask for tax {dollars} to construct the stadium itself. However, they do need public cash for business and retail house, as a part of a multi-purpose leisure district.

The petition that was rejected tonight hoped to stop the village from giving the Bears any tax breaks to take action.

“Plenty of stadium offers just like the one we noticed in Chicago ended up costing the taxpayers over $400 million. The NFL is infamous for attempting to get taxpayers incentives. We’re attempting to cease that from occurring right here,” stated Individuals for Prosperity Illinois Deputy State Director Brian Costin. “It is actually not the blessing to the financial system that folks would suppose. The Bears solely play possibly 10 instances a yr. In fact, there could be different occasions, however, you already know, it is actually overstated to how a lot financial impression they might have. However, if it is such an excellent concept, why cannot the Bears pay for that themselves?”

Residents on each side voiced their opinion.

“Did the individuals who signed the petition truly know what the petition was for and what its goal is and repercussions might be?” requested Laurie Taylor, an Arlington Heights resident.

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Richard Latimer additionally weighed in.

“Have a referendum and let the individuals resolve what they suppose. They’re paying the cash. And I do know you individuals all have a job, and you have achieved an excellent job, clearly. I do not know why you may’t open it up, put with the numbers down, and let the individuals resolve,” the Arlington Heights resident stated.

The group does plan to proceed to struggle the attainable use of public cash. In the event that they’re capable of gather sufficient signatures from 12% of registered voters, it may transfer the proposal onto the poll, even with out trustee approval.

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