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Arlington Heights Okays Sports Betting at Chicago Bears’ Proposed $5B Redevelopment

The Arlington Heights, IL Village Board has approved a zoning change that would allow a sports betting facility to operate adjacent to the Chicago Bears’ proposed $5-billion redevelopment of Arlington International Racecourse. The vote follows a thumbs-up by the Arlington Heights Plan Commission last month.  

“This is really state of the art for new developments of professional sports stadiums across the country and it really would put you at a competitive disadvantage [to not have the facility alongside the stadium],” Bears Council Cliff Stein told the board, according to the Chicago Tribune.  

Village leaders emphasized that the board was not considering a particular betting facility and that none had been proposed to the village. A staff memo accompanying the ordinance allowing the zoning change explains that the change only adds a sportsbook to the list of possible special uses in the zone covering Arlington Park. 

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