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SBD/June 28, 2013/Facilities
Wrigley Renovations Only Partially Approved For Now; Tunney Makes New Demand
Published June 28, 2013
WHEELIN' & DEALIN': In Chicago, Fran Spielman reports city Alderman Tom Tunney on Thursday made any chance at compromise between his office and the team "a bit more difficult by adding a sixth demand: that the Cubs scrap plans to extend the right-and left-field walls outward to provide more interior space for concessions and concourses and minimize the impact of outfield signs on rooftop views." Spielman: "Never mind that Tunney had agreed to the larger stadium footprint in the framework agreement hammered out in April by Mayor Rahm Emanuel." Tunney said, "This means two things: the introduction of a public subsidy into the proposal and allowing for an increase in their interior scope, thereby facilitating more signage -- bigger signs." He "later clarified his stand." Tunney said that he is "not totally opposed to moving the brick walls." He "just doesn’t want to move them quite as much as the Cubs want" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/28).
A FAMILY AFFAIR: CHICAGO MAGAZINE’s Bryan Smith profiles the Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs, and writes Chair Tom Ricketts is a “mild-mannered guy” who almost “never raises his voice, nor does he register displeasure.” But some people who have watched Ricketts “at the negotiating table ... say not to be fooled.” DC-based attorney Alfred Levitt, who helped Ricketts close the deal for the Cubs, said, “He’s a smart, very purposeful guy who delivers in a measured and unflappable way. I’m not an expert in Chicago politics. I’ve heard similar comments, that you have to be able to brass-knuckle it or whatever. But I actually think that Tom is an incredibly effective person at getting things done” (CHICAGO MAGAZINE, 7/ ’13 issue).