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Cubs Face Tough Task Getting New Wrigley Videoboard Ready For '14 Season
Published July 15, 2013
WINDY CITY POLITICKING: In Chicago, Greg Hinz wrote there are "lots of indications" that Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney "intends to fight to the end the plan to rebuild Wrigley Field, taking it to the City Council floor, even though Mayor Rahm Emanuel almost certainly will beat him there." Sources said that Tunney has "begun calling his colleagues and asking them for help in a political shootout on the City Council floor that could occur by the end of the month." Compromises "may be possible on the hotel proposed for the west side of Clark Street." The battle over the renovation plan will be played out "through the Chicago Plan Commission meeting set for next week, and then at the City Council." There, it will be "the mayor against the alderman, citywide needs against local needs, aldermanic prerogative against mayoral influence" (CHICAGOBUSINESS.com, 7/12).
STILL FRIENDLY: ESPN CHICAGO's Jon Greenberg wrote of the renovation plan, "While everyone goes crazy over the details, we forget why people come to Wrigley Field." Greenberg: "It isn't the baseball ... It's the experience, telling people you were there, feeling like you're a part of something bigger than yourself. I don't think a scoreboard or a neon sign will change that." The venue itself is the "star of the show" (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 7/13).