Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
(CHICAGO) Republican Ward Committeeman Scott Davis of Lakeview is questioning the judgement of Alderman Tom Tunney.
This comes after Tunney missed the Cubs deadline to reach an agreement on Wrigley Field Renovations Monday. Davis says that failure put hundreds of millions of dollars in previously funded renovation and redevelopment investments at risk.
"The Chicago Cubs have a business plan that is critical to the success of the team, to the future of Wrigley Field and to hundreds of millions of dollars in Lakeview redevelopment," Davis said. "Alderman Tunney needs to take securing the future of Wrigleyville more seriously than he has so far. By opposing the Cubs plan and allowing the deadline to pass, the Cubs may now begin to look elsewhere.
Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stevens recently announced an offer of a free 25 acre spot for the Cubs to contruct a new stadium, should the Wrigley redevelopment deal with City Hall fall through.
"The failure to get a deal done with the Cubs really makes you wonder where his priorities are," Davis said. "Alderman Tunney has spent the last three months developing play-lots, arranging rent-a-bike kiosks around Lakeview and bullying local business owners to back off cannibalistic assistant state's attorneys. Anything but make sure the most iconc sports entertainment venue in Chicago is secured for the future."
Davis said the Alderman needs to get his priorities straight or consider stepping down. "Keeping the Cubs at Wrigley Field demands Alderman Tunney's full attention and Lakeview residents should question his judgment now that the deadline has passed. Securing the Cubs future at Wrigley is too important for the community, the City and for Cubs fans everywhere to put at risk."
Despite months of negotiations, both sides failed to reach a deal and move forward with privately funded renovation plans monday. It is believed Tunney is holding out for a better deal for area rooftop business owners whose view of the field will be obstructed by the Cubs proposed changes.
Davis closed by saying, "Alderman Tunney and the City should get out of the way and let the Cubs run with their plan to add scoreboards and advertising as they see fit. Rooftop owners can adjust their businesses to fit the Wrigleyville marketplace, not the other way around."
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