Ask voters about taxpayer subsidies for Bears, Sox stadiums, ex-Gov. Quinn says

Armed with a new poll showing overwhelming opposition to taxpayer-subsidized stadiums for the Bears and White Sox, former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is launching the political version of a goal-line stand.

Quinn plans to file a proposed ordinance on Wednesday that would direct the Chicago City Council to put an advisory referendum on the November ballot asking Chicago voters a question similar to what he asked 448 voters in the statewide poll he paid for.

That question: “Do you support or oppose the Chicago Bears or Chicago White Sox receiving state or local taxpayer subsidies in order to build a new stadium or real estate development?”

It could be a landslide against public funding, if the referendum results are anything close to the poll conducted March 13-15 by Blueprint Polling, a Democratic public opinion research firm. Quinn's poll has a margin for error of plus or minus 5.4 percentage points.

Nearly 66% of those surveyed oppose taxpayers subsidies, with nearly half of those people calling themselves “strongly opposed.”

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The Chicago Bears say they’re focused on building a new domed stadium along the lakefront, just south of Soldier Field. Brian Ernst/Sun-Times
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