Typically when you see a picture of your mayor in the Chicago Sun Times, it’s not for good reasons. This was not the case with Naperville Mayor Scott Wehrli. Considering the adage, ‘you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take’ Wehrli took a 3-point shot and made it to force overtime in the quest to have the Chicago Bears choose Naperville for their new home.
Just when Arlington Heights looked to have the decision wrapped-up with the former Arlington Race Track becoming home-sweet-home for Da Bears, politics created huge road blocks causing Chicago Bear officials to consider other locations in the Chicago area.
Arlington is an ideal venue with its proximity to Rt. 53 / I-355 and Union Pacific Northwest / Metra. Naperville has I-88 and Burlington-Metra so a slight edge goes to Arlington depending upon where in Naperville city officials are considering.
The number one issue is funding for the new stadium. The guy with the biggest pencil and eraser will ultimately dictate that issue.
In 1984 The Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis and took the name of the ‘Colts’ with them upsetting many Baltimore fans. In 1995 the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore becoming the Ravens, however Cleveland was allowed to keep the name ‘Browns’ and in 1999 again fielded an NFL team known as the Cleveland Browns.
So if everything were to fall in place for Naperville would it be the Chicago Bears or Naperville Bears? Would Chicago be able to retain the name “Bears”, and if so what would the Naperville team be known as. Here’s an idea, how about the Naperville Subdivisions.