Bears’ Idonije gets tackled on sale of Vernon Hills house

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Israel Idonije has taken a significant loss on his three-bedroom house in Vernon Hills, selling it for $480,000.

A Manitoba, Canada, native who has played for the Bears since 2004, Idonije, 29, sold the 3,081-square-foot house after listing it last year for $525,000 and later reducing it to $499,900. He purchased the home in June 2006 for $610,000.

Built in 1998, the 10-room house has 2 1/2 baths, a first-floor office, oak floors in the family room and kitchen, and a first-floor master suite with two walk-in closets and a bath with a whirlpool tub and a separate shower. Other features include surround sound, a sunroom with a hot tub, and a large basement with a third full bath roughed in. Outside are a brick patio and views of a fairway of the White Deer Run Golf Club.

Listing agent Marco Amidei of Homesbymarco at Re/Max Suburban said Idonije was traveling in Africa and unavailable for comment. Amidei also said he was unable to comment on the sale or on where Idonije has moved.

Former Kraft chief lists Gold Coast unit

A 4,965-square-foot co-op unit on the Gold Coast that retired Kraft CEO John Richman owns is on the market for $7.5 million.

Richman oversaw Kraft's merger with General Foods after Philip Morris Cos. bought Kraft in 1988. Richman retired the following year.

The nine-room, full-floor co-op has three bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths, a fireplace and views in all four directions.

Richman first listed the unit in September for $8 million.

Listing agent Marie Campbell of Koenig & Strey declined to comment.

Cubs president buys in Winnetka

Chicago Cubs President Crane Kenney has paid $1.5 million for a 3,791-square-foot house in Winnetka.

Kenney, who served as Tribune Co.'s general counsel from 1996 until 2008, began overseeing the Cubs in 2003. He has remained with the team since Tribune Co., which owns the Chicago Tribune, sold it in October to the Ricketts family.

Built in 1953, the five-bedroom house that Kenney purchased was first listed for $2.2 million in July 2008, and in February 2009 was reduced to $1.9 million. It then was reduced to its final asking price of $1.65 million in August.

The house has four baths, a first-floor master suite, new windows, an indoor endless pool and a screened porch, all on a 0.72-acre lot.

Reached at his Wrigley Field office, Kenney declined to comment on the transaction. He also owns a 5,636-square-foot house in Winnetka that he had built in 2001 on a half-acre lot about a mile to the west, according to public records. That house is not on the market.

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