An Illinois appeals court says the Chicago Bears owe $4.1 million to Cook County in amusement taxes plus interest.
Cook County has been seeking the tax payment from the Bears since 2007. Bears lawyers had argued the 3 percent amusement tax should apply only 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.