Sour Controversy Over "Sweetness" Statue

By BJ Lutz
|  Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009  |  Updated 9:00 PM CDT
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Sour Controversy Over "Sweetness" Statue

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A controversy has been stewing for weeks over whether a statue of Walter Payton should be placed at Soldier Field.

Payton's family wants to donate a life-sized bronze statue to stand outside the stadium, but Chicago Park District officials say the grounds are for war memorials only.

Gov. Pat Quinn offered a compromise, saying that the statue for the Hall of Fame running back "doesn't necessarily have to be right in front of the columns."

The Bears organization has reportedly joined the talks to help work out some kind of resolution.

Nov. 1 will mark 10 years since Payton died of liver cancer.

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