Chicago Bears CEO Kevin Warren at Lincoln Forum Says Focus Remains on Chicago for New Stadium

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Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin believes he can expedite the construction of a new Bears stadium in Aurora, but Kevin Warren says Aurora is a really special place … but our focus right now and has been on Chicago. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Kevin Warren, President and CEO of the Chicago Bears spoke with moderator and Fox 32 Sports Anchor Lou Canellis at a Lincoln Forum luncheon Tuesday, June 11, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Regarding the plans and hopes for a Chicago Bears stadium in Chicago, Kevin Warren said, “We understand these projects are … they take time, a lot of energy, and a lot of effort, they’re complex, but they’re rewarding.”

Mayor Richard Irvin attended the Lincoln Forum luncheon, and said he believes he can expedite the construction of a new Bears stadium in Aurora. Irvin said he will personally, as mayor, walk it through the process, and make sure we make the relationships with our other government agencies, whether it be the township, the school districts, or the county.”

When asked about Irvin’s hopes and plans, Warren responded, “Aurora is a really special place, we’re the largest land owner in Arlington Heights (we own 326 acres) and it’s a great piece of land … and are focus right now, has been on Chicago, and will remain on Chicago.”

Illinois lawmakers have so far rejected a public financing package in Springfield. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office has called the April 2024 stadium proposal a “non-starter.” Warren explained at the Lincoln Forum that the obstacle means the Chicago Bears have more work to do.

Lincoln Forum is a partnership with the Union League Club of Chicago.

Lincoln Forum leadership includes President Tracy Slutzkin (Partner River Strategies), Vice-President Hayley Burns (Partner, River Strategies), Co-Chairman Pat Brady (President, Next Generation Strategies), and Co-Chairman Eric Adelstein (Partner, AL Media).

Lincoln Forum advisors include Judy Gold (Partner Perkins Coie, LLP), Tom Bevan (Co-Founder and Publisher of Real Clear Politics), Julie Curry (Former IL State Rep. and President at Curry & Associates), Jack Conaty (Former Political Reporter for Fox 32 News), Josh Weiss (Former Executive Radio Producer, and Lauren Mistretta (Deloitte Global Crisis, Risk and Public Policy Communications Leader).

The Union League Club of Chicago is a civic and social club that was founded in 1879, and is located at 65 West Jackson Boulevard. The Union League Club’s location is near Jackson and LaSalle at the base of Chicago’s financial district, also known as “The LaSalle Canyon” or “The Canyon”.

Union League Club of Chicago entrance on Federal Street …

Union League Club of Chicago entrance on Jackson Boulevard across the street from the John C. Kluczynski Federal Building and nearby Federal Center, including the Dirksen Federal Building …

Federal agencies in the John C. Kluczynski building include the Air Force Recruiting Service, the Department of State Passport Agency, Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Personnel Management, Consumer Product Safety Commission, General Services Administration and offices for both U.S. senators from Illinois, Richard “Dick” Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.

The 38th floor of the John C. Kluczynski federal building was also the site of the transitional office of the Administration of President-Elect Barack Obama in 2008.



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