I read a story today that was soul-crushing for the people of Chicago.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot is ready to pony up somewhere between $900 million and $2.2 billion to keep the Chicago Bears in Chicago.
At the same time, there is little focus on the violent crime epidemic crushing the city.
Protests or not, I am a football fan.
I will admit, I do not watch it like I used to… pretty much limited to the Dallas Cowboys game, then I turn the TV to something else.
And I understand that the Chicago Bears are a big part of people’s lives in Chicago, but keeping a football team does little if people are not alive to cheer them on.
So, I have to ask, if Lightfoot does not have the budget to expand city payroll to add more police to fight back this violent wave of crime that takes over the city every weekend, where is she getting the money for this…
Here are the released renderings of a proposed "Dome" renovation of Soldier Field released by the Mayor's office today. There are three possible renovations for the stadium – two of which include the expansion of the stadium to 70,000. @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/oYiBPVNVyi
— Larry Hawley (@HawleySports) July 25, 2022
This is optics, right?
She does not mind being the mayor of a city where five dozen shootings occur every weekend and double-digit murders occur virtually every week.
However, she does not want to be the mayor which costs the city Da Bears.
I also understand the financial repercussions for the city if the Bears leave, but what about the violence?
It is tough to lure tourists when bodies drop like flies every weekend.
The irony is that the Bears want out of the downtown area because of the rising crime rates.
The lease on soldier field runs out in 2033 and the day after it ends, expect to see moving trucks at the field.
The Bears have reportedly put down more than $197 million on a property that used to be home to a racetrack in Arlington Heights, about 30 miles away from Soldier Field.
Perhaps if Lightfoot and her predecessors had been a bit more worried about crime, one of the more iconic stadiums in the NFL would not be going dark in about a decade.