Now that the Bears have gotten negotiations done with all of their draft picks they can get to business of a different sort--considering a new training camp home.
Our colleague Mike Mulligan details here how the Bears are considering ending their stay at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., in the near future.
Specifically, team officials will meet with representatives from Lewis University in Romeoville next week.
The eighth training camp at ONU opens July 31 but the team is considering other alternatives for a variety of reasons. The Bears will likely remain at the school through 2010 but they will have multiple options.
The Bears moved to ONU after 18 summers in Platteville, Wis., in 2002. The team was struggling to land a new stadium deal and one of the things they had to do to appease politicians was bring their brand of summer football back to the state. Although the school has done a nice job, it's no secret why ONU won out. It's in the backyard of former Gov. George Ryan, or the backyard of where his home is any way. Ryan's locked up in federal prison right now in, of all places, Wisconsin.
We're certainly looking forward to another three-week stay at ONU. The folks at the school and in the community are terrific hosts every summer.