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Chicago Alderman Could Be Impediment To Wrigley Deal Despite Previous Approval
Published July 1, 2013
PATIENCE GROWING THIN: In Chicago, Fran Spielman writes city Mayor Rahm Emanuel has "been patient" with Tunney when it "comes to the marathon debate over renovating Wrigley." But there comes a time when debate on a $500M private investment "needs to end and the jackhammers begin." That will "likely require Emanuel to do what he has, so far, refused to do: play the heavy by riding herd over a local alderman." A source said, "The goal is not to burn a bridge with an alderman. You need a good relationship with the City Council. I don’t care how powerful you are. The mayor has tried to put it off as long as possible. But this is too close to potentially happening to let it get away. The problem with Tunney is he can’t stick with a deal" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/30). Also in Chicago, Rick Telander writes, "It seems every ounce of Cubs energy goes into the Wrigley Field rebuilding mess." You wonder if the Ricketts family "had any idea what it was buying when it got this franchise" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 7/1).