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Published March 15, 2013
DEAR SIR: In Chicago, Dardick & Byrne note the Lake View Citizens’ Council in a letter sent Wednesday to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel “raised a host of red flags to parts of the rehab plan” to Wrigley Field proposed by Cubs Chair Tom Ricketts. Ricketts has said that he “would like to get the deal done by opening day April 1.” Council President William DeMille on Thursday said that he “was pleased a deal was not struck by early February, as city officials had hoped.” But he added that he “remains worried that neighbors won’t have their concerns about parking, traffic and public safety addressed if an agreement is reached soon.” DeMille in the letter “called for a limit of 33 night games, compared to 30 this season; and four concerts, compared to two now; contends more late Friday afternoon game starts would snarl rush-hour traffic and hurt businesses that don’t cater to game-goers; requests more detailed Cubs plans, including how parking would be provided for a proposed hotel; and calls for a greater police and security presence.” Cubs officials on Thursday said that they “were ‘encouraged’ that the neighbors were receptive to more games and concerts” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/15).