The regional council of the Boy Scouts of America has agreed to pay $500,000 for its headquarters building in Logan Square, tentatively settling a dispute with the city over the national Scout organization's ban on gay members.
In return for selling the building, the city won't have to pay the Scouts $960,000 in legal fees that are the result of a federal civil-rights case that the city lost last summer.
City Solicitor Shelley Smith and the Scouts' attorney, Sandra Girifalco, issued a joint statement last night describing the agreement as "a win-win situation that resolves the lawsuit, saves the City $1 million and gives the Scouts the opportunity to buy the headquarters they have been in for 80 years. . . . Both the City and the Scouts look forward to putting this behind them so that we can focus on the real priority of serving the youth and citizens of our City."