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Illinois appeals court rules against Bears on tax

Illinois appeals court rules against Chicago Bears on tax, says team owes county $4.1 million
Posted on Aug. 7, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:05 p.m.

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois appeals court says the Chicago Bears owe $4.1 million to Cook County in amusement taxes, plus interest.

A three-judge panel at the 1st District Appellate Court posted its ruling Thursday on the dispute. Cook County has been seeking the tax payment from the Bears since 2007.

Bears lawyers argued the 3 percent amusement tax should only apply to admission-related fees and not to premium-seat extras, such as the cost of food, drinks and parking. In its 2-1 decision, the judicial panel disagreed. And it ruled the Bears should have paid taxes on the full, face-value of the tickets.




 Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) wipes his head in the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Chicago. The Packers won 38-17. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Posted on Sept. 30, 2014 at 3:12 a.m.
 Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) talks to quarterback Jay Cutler (6) on the sideline bench in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Chicago. The Packers won 38-17. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Posted on Sept. 29, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.
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