Note to the good people of Arlington Heights: Take a breather and think this through.

Don’t get overly excited by the idea of a Chicago Bears stadium and a new retail-residential-entertainment complex where the empty and abandoned Arlington International Racecourse stands.

Don’t back up a truck to the public vault and load it with the millions in incentives the Bears will ask for — and may not truly need.

And, most certainly, do not create a tax increment financing district to get a deal done.


David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative journalism and policy advocacy.