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Political football: Bears battle players union over workers' comp

It's a big-money game involving sports, injured athletes and state government.

The Bears and Chicago's four other major pro sports teams are pushing Illinois lawmakers to change part of the state's workers' compensation system - a move that's set off shock waves from Chicago to Springfield to Super Bowl festivities in Houston.

The teams want legislators to reduce the maximum age at which pro athletes can draw "wage differential" workers' comp benefits from 67 to 35, arguing that t

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