Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) has offered the city’s NFL Franchise — The Bears — anywhere from $900 million to $2.2 billion to stay at Soldier Field in the Near South Side, instead of leaving for a safer suburb or an entirely different state altogether.
Despite the offer, the Chicago Bears have stated they’re not interested in staying at the stadium and will instead move to Arlington Park, an area that has experienced lower than average crime, according to The Daily Wire.
“As part of our mutual agreement with the seller of that property, we are not pursuing alternative stadium deals or sites, including renovations to Soldier Field, while we are under contract,” the team explained in a statement issued earlier this month.
Lightfoot, who has overseen a city that has experienced spikes in crime over the past several years, has proposed extensive renovations to the Bears’ current stadium if they agree to stay.
“An improved Soldier Field will deliver a world-class visitor experience,” the far-left Democrat explained in her remarks. “Furthermore, any of these proposed renovations will allow Soldier Field to retain its role as an economic engine for Chicago for years to come, as these changes will allow us to keep bringing sports, music, and other exciting events to our city.”
The renovations were laid out in three separate plans. The first involved fully enclosing the stadium by rebuilding both end zones. The second option would rebuild the endzones in preparation for a dome, and the third would make the field multipurpose — allowing for soccer games or concerts, ESPN reported.
“Soldier Field remains an incredible asset for City residents and visitors,” Lightfoot added. “Each year, Soldier Field hosts football games, soccer matches, major concerts, international sporting events, and dozens of other events. Any of the renovations proposed will enhance Soldier Field’s ability to generate hundreds of millions of dollars of economic activity for Chicago and be a world-class destination for years to come.”
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Perhaps Mayor Lightfoot should be spending the money she proposed on extensive stadium renovations, to instead fight Chicago’s crime problem — by investing in manpower to boost the Chicago Police Department. A department that is currently operating with its lowest number of officers in years, according to Fox News.
The consequences of the city’s anti-police policies have reportedly resulted in a dramatic increase in crime, 36 percent year-over-year, as residents are beginning to feel the impact of the “Defund the Police” movement, as well as the economic consequences of liberal governance.
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