Jerry Reinsdorf
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Is there a team owner in Chicago smarter than Jerry Reinsdorf?

I don’t think so.

About two decades ago, he and Bill Wirtz, who owns the Blackhawks, helped underwrite the cost of the United Center by getting the state to pass a law guaranteeing them a generous property tax break.

With the property tax break due to expire in 2016, what does Reinsdorf do?

He unveils snazzy plans to build a state-of-the-art practice facility just east of the United Center, as part of a larger development with retail, a restaurant, and other stuff.

That is, he’ll build that practice facility if the state extends some portion of that tax break.