Regional leaders defer to Arlington Heights on Bears stadium plans

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Though the impact will be regional, planning decisions, zoning approvals and other permissions needed for the potential multibillion-dollar Chicago Bears stadium and entertainment complex at Arlington Park rest with the elected leaders and village staff in Arlington Heights.

And at least for one Northwest suburban mayor whose town borders the racetrack property, that’s OK.

“I think ultimately we trust the elected leadership and the staff at Arlington Heights to make the proper decisions not only for Arlington Heights, but for the region,” said Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz, a supporter of the proposed city-to-suburbs relocation and one-time Bears linebacker in the 1990s. “I think there is a concerted effort and an understanding that this is big for the whole region, and that’s not lost on Arlington Heights.”

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