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Touchdown Arlington is a grassroots coalition of local community leaders and business owners that will advocate to make Arlington Heights the permanent home of the Chicago Bears. The coalition intends to work collaboratively with the Chicago Bears and elected officials to make this once-in-a-lifetime proposal become a reality: boost the region’s economic engine, create thousands of jobs and generate millions of dollars in future tax revenues for Arlington Heights and the region.

From Chicago Bears’ executives, to local and state elected officials, coalition members are committed to working with everyone who has a stake in this opportunity, urging all to come together and find the right balance to make this project a reality and build a vibrant future for Arlington Heights.

The potential Chicago Bears’ development in Arlington Heights will strengthen the fabric of Arlington Heights and the Northwest suburban region. We need everyone to get off the stands and get on the field by joining our effort to bring the Chicago Bears HOME to Arlington Heights! Join our effort.

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  • Conversation continues in Arlington Heights between community members, Chicago Bears

    The conversation continued in Arlington Heights on Monday between community members and the Chicago Bears. As the future home of the team remains up in the air, the NFL club’s top executive met with residents in the northwestern suburb.

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  • Community meeting with Bears President and CEO held in Arlington Heights

    The Chicago Bears met with officials in Arlington Heights again on Monday about a possible move. The meeting involved the new Bears president and CEO Kevin Warren and was organized by Touchdown Arlington, a coalition of Arlington Heights business owners who support the Bears’ move to town.

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  • ‘Strictly business’: Bears don’t seek handout but tax ‘fairness,’ Warren says in Arlington Heights

    Amid tense negotiations over tax issues in Arlington Heights and flirtations with other municipalities that could host a new stadium, Chicago Bears President and CEO Kevin Warren said Monday the NFL franchise isn’t looking to taxpayers for any “handouts” but wants “certainty and fairness.” Warren, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on Monday evening for…

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  • Chicago Bears CEO says team needs dome-covered stadium, weighs Arlington Heights option

    While a decision on whether or not the Chicago Bears will move to Arlington Heights was not made on Monday night, the team’s CEO, Kevin Warren, says wherever they go, the plan will be to build the best stadium in sports.

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  • Touchdown Arlington Statement On Reports the Bears are Considering Other Development Opportunities

    In response to news media reports that the Chicago Bears are exploring other potential sites outside of Arlington Heights for a new stadium due to stalled talks with school districts, Arlington Heights state lawmakers and other local officials, Touchdown Arlington has released the following statement: “It’s incredibly concerning to learn that political foot dragging has…

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  • Interior demolition begins at Arlington Park; what does it mean for progress of Bears stadium plan?

    Demolition crews have begun tackling the first phase of tearing down Arlington International Racecourse. It is the first step toward turning that 326-acre site in Arlington Heights into the new Chicago Bears stadium. As CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reported Tuesday, the work is taking place even though the new stadium is still far…

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  • House committee to hear legislation in support of Chicago Bears’ plans to move to Arlington Heights

    There’s a public hearing set for Tuesday over the Chicago Bears’ plan to relocate to Arlington Heights. A House committee will hear revised legislation in support of the team’s move. It includes a $3 admission tax to help pay off debt from renovating Soldier Field two decades ago.

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  • ‘Touchdown’ group looking to help local businesses and community have win-win with Bears proposed move to Arlington Heights

    A new group backing the Chicago Bears’ proposed $5 billion mixed-use megaproject at the site of the former Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights has emerged — as local and state leaders consider different pitches for funding the potential redevelopment.

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  • Kaegi moves to jack up Bears’ Arlington Heights tax tab

    Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi has thrown a haymaker punch at the Chicago Bears as they ponder whether to proceed with plans to build a stadium complex in Arlington Heights, moving to raise sixfold the property tax value of the land involved even before any construction occurs.

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Steering Committee

Holly Connors, founding agent and Senior Real Estate Broker of @properties Christie’s International Real Estate and owner of GetBurbed

Argie Karafotias, owner of Golden Brunch restaurant in Arlington Heights

Drew Bulson, Senior Development Manager of real estate development firm Ketone Partners

Ernest Rose, Managing Partner of Drost Kivlahan McMahon & O’Connor, LLC

Amy Philpott, Co-Founder and Board Vice President of Gerry’s Café

Michelle Gambro, founder and owner of Lollipop Balloon Co