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Gov. Pritzker doubts fans will be at Soldier Field for Bears games in 2020

Gov. Pritzker doubts fans will be at Soldier Field for Bears games in 2020

Illinois governor J.B. Priztker's daily coronavirus press conferences are typically reserved for health care and economic updates, but on Thursday afternoon, the Bears found their way into the discussion: 

Though disheartening, it's not particularly surprising to hear that Soldier Field will more than likely not host fans during games this season. Testing capacity in the United States is still far behind what's needed to reopen leagues altogether, and that's before anyone even thinks about cramming 65,000+ back into seats six inches from each other.

Pritzker unveiled his 'Restore Illinois' plan earlier in the week, and under the current outline, "large events" like Bears games won't be permitted until the 5th and final 'phase' of reopening, when "testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the state" and/or "a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern." Soldier Field lies in Cook County's jurisdiction, which only just entered Phase 2 of the 5-Phase plan. 

Bulls part of 'We Are Not Playing' campaign led by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Bulls part of 'We Are Not Playing' campaign led by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

The Bulls signed on to a new initiative that intends to drive compliance with Illinois' current statewide stay-at-home order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The initiative is titled "We Are Not Playing” (which is the most Chicago name for a social wellness campaign ever) and was announced by Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday morning.

The movement will begin with "digital and out-of-home billboards around Chicago, before moving online and onto social media," according to a release. The social media component will involve videos from Chicago celebrities and athletes. The goal of the campaign is to provide a relatable, engaging and consistent message to Chicago residents: Stay home, do your part to slow the spread and we will get through this together.

RELATED: Lightfoot addresses Chicago in empty Soldier Field

The Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Fire, Red Stars, Sky and White Sox have all also signed on as part of the initiative. Lightfoot made the announcement in an empty Soldier Field:

"We all have a role to play in meeting the challenge of COVID-19, and our success is directly tied to every Chicagoan making sure they stay home and save lives,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “I am grateful to each of our hometown teams for stepping up and doing their part by joining in this call for every neighborhood and community. They’re not playing, and neither are we. The more we stay home and act responsibly, the more lives we’ll save and the sooner we’ll be able to get our city back on track and enjoying the games we love.”

No lies detected. A helpful guide to COVID-19-related resources provided by the city can be found in the link below:

“The Bulls are proud to join Mayor Lightfoot and our fellow pro Chicago sports teams in urging Chicagoans to stay home and save lives. I have always said that this is the greatest city in the world, and we all have a crucial role to play to protect the place we are lucky to call home,” Bulls President and COO Michael Reinsdorf said in the statement. “Teamwork, looking out for one another and coming together as a community is needed now more than ever. Do your part by staying home to help everyone on the front lines working tirelessly throughout this pandemic to save lives.”

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Akiem Hicks was at the NFC Championship game thinking what every Bears' fan was thinking

Akiem Hicks was at the NFC Championship game thinking what every Bears' fan was thinking

Akiem Hicks found himself at the NFC Championship game this weekend, and, like we're all occasionally guilty of, found himself Logging On. 

While taking a video of the game's opening kickoff, Hicks was asking the right questions: 

The last NFC Championship to be played at Soldier Field was in 2010, a 21-14 loss to Green Bay. Many thought the Bears had a good chance of brining the Halas Trophy back home in 2019, but, you know -- things happen. In fact, four of the Bears' five title game appearances have come at Soldier Field (2-2). Their only road game was a 23-0 loss to San Francisco in 1984. The Bears' NFC Championship history is actually sort of a bummer? 

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