ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — Romeoville Mayor John Noak wants to debate his opponent in the April 9 election, but his challenger, Super Bowl Bear Steve McMichael, is saying no.

“You know if I choose to debate this guy, every media outlet is going to be there. Why am I going to give him that exposure,” said McMichael.

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For instance, McMichael says residents who live along Illinois 53 want a supermarket before they get an athletic complex. Noak asks how McMichael would know, because he’s never attended a planning meeting.

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The fund-raiser, at Harry Caray’s restaurant in the north Loop, raised more than $50,000 for the ex-player’s campaign effort. it was the second major fundraiser.

Noak said he questions why McMichael is running. He said the economy is recovering, more than 4,000 new jobs and “hundreds” of businesses have relocated to the southwest suburb.

McMichael said his preschool-age daughter is the impetus for running.

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McMichael received the endorsement of his former Bears coach, Mike Ditka, and of legendary NFL coach Marv Levy. In addition, ex-Bears Dan Hampton, Gary Fencik and Matt Suhey were on hand, along with “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks and Jim Cornelison, who sings the National Anthem before Blackhawks games at the United Center.