Should 'Sweetness' have a statue near Soldier Field?

Parks: Soldier Field reserved for war vets
September 17, 2009 10:20:48 AM PDT
A compromise may be in the works to get a statue of Walter Payton placed near Soldier Field. Connie Payton-Strotter hopes to donate a statue of the legendary Chicago Bears running back, known to fans as "Sweetness," to the city of Chicago. The donation would mark the tenth anniversary of his death.

The Chicago Park District told her land around Soldier Field is intended to recognize servicemen and women. Payton-Strotter says she never meant to disregard the military.

"We don't want anybody to think that we feel that Walter is above and beyond anybody else and that he deserves to be there. That's not it at all," said Connie Payton-Strotter, Waltor's widow.

"I'm sure we can come together in a way that honors our servicemen as well as Walter Payton," said Quinn.

Governor Quinn points out there's a lot of land around Soldier Field and that a statue would not diminish members of the military.