Bears will extend training camp deal in Bourbonnais, Ill.
While the trend over the last decade has been for NFL teams to move their operations to their own facilities for training camp, the Chicago Bears remain dedicated to going away for camp.
They’re expected to soon sign a two-year extension with Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., that will keep them there through at least the summer of 2013. The deal, according to a source, is also expected to include a mutual option for 2014. The Bears’ current agreement with the school, about 60 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, was set to expire after this coming summer.
The Bears have been at ONU since 2002 after spending 18 summers at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In order to get legislation pushed through the state government to rebuild Soldier Field, the Bears had to move training camp back to Illinois. Now imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan arranged to have the Bears land in Bourbonnais, near his home in Kankakee.
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