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New Bears coach is likely. What about new owners?

By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_


Bears coach Matt Nagy is likely out the door after Sunday’s loss against the Vikings, ending the season with a disappointing 6-11 record. 

Nagy’s firing would surprise no one, and would be welcome by much of the fanbase. But it’s long-time majority owner Virginia Halas McCaskey who ultimately has the final say. 

McCaskey inherited the team nearly 40 years ago after her dad and Bears founder George Halas died. He bought the team for $100 in 1920, and it’s been a family business ever since, according to the Chicago Tribune

McCaskey’s brother and sons have rotated in and out of front-office jobs, but it is the 99-year-old who has remained the face and fixture of the team.

An older white woman, Virginia McCaskey, with short curled grey hair and gold-rimmed glasses is sitting and smiling. She is wearing a white shirt, a black jacket, and matching gold earrings and a gold necklace. She is looking off camera as she smiles.
Virginia McCaskey in Rosemont in 2019. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via Getty Images)

As the longest-tenured NFL owner, McCaskey has witnessed eight of the Bears’ nine championships and the team’s only Super Bowl win in 1986, according to the team

While the public speculates about the fate of the team’s coaching and front-office staff, are we sure that ownership changes aren’t off the table? The Daily Herald reported that the McCaskeys were considering selling the team and cashing out last year. (The team is worth $4 billion today, Forbes estimated.) 

👉 Check out the Sun-Times’ list of head coach candidates

🎧 It’s not just in Chicago: The Denver Broncos fired Vic Fangio over the weekend. City Cast Denver dug into the Colorado team’s ownership drama.


Bobby Rush has represented Illinois’ 1st District for nearly 30 years. His path to Congress is more unconventional than many of his peers: He was co-founder of the Illinois Black Panther Party, an alderperson, and eventually, the only person to ever beat Barack Obama in an election. 

He’s been an advocate of racial justice in Congress, but hasn’t been without controversy. 

Now, younger candidates will have the chance to lead the district that stretches from Chicago’s South Side to rural areas like Frankfort and Mokena. 

🎧 Listen to Chicago Sun-Times’ and ABC7’s Laura Washington talk about Rush’s legacy, and what this year’s race could look like.


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▪️ A judge ordered the head of the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services be held in contempt for not appropriately placing two kids in homes. [Chicago Sun-Times]

▪️ Loved ones remember anti-violence activist LaNiyah Murphy, who was killed in West Pullman last week. [Block Club Chicago]

▪️ Share the cost of your sidewalk with the city. [City of Chicago]

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▪️ Is the leader of the satirical “Birds Aren’t Real” movement OK? His WGN appearance made, um, a splash. [Tim Hogan]


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Reader Steve Reese put us onto the Extraordinarium in Logan Square, a gag gift shop that he said is filling the hole Lakeview’s Uncle Fun left behind.

“[The Extraordinarium] has old toys, gag toys, mini golf, a comedy night (when things aren’t crazy), and a podcast studio. Plus, it’s a couple blocks from the mayor’s house,” he said.

Pic 1: Various dolls like Chucky and the Joker line a shelf. Pic 2: A gold-and-brown headpiece and attached googles featuring clock-like gears and wires sit on a white mannequin head. Pic 3: Rows of colorful comic books line shelves.
Credit: The Extraordinarium Instagram

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