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Mayor Emanuel Won't Change His Mind on Taxpayer Help for Wrigley




    Emanuel talks about a piece of legislation that would require dog owners to update their licenses. (Published Friday, Oct. 28, 2011)

    It looks like not even Theo Epstein can change Mayor Rahm Emanuel's mind about kicking in taxpayer cash to the help the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field.

    Not his perceived baseball wizardry, nor his Jewish heritage.

    "Do you think that by choosing a guy called Theo Epstein that this mayor, Rahm Israel Emanuel, would be more sensitive to their needs?  Is that what you were asking?" the Sun-Times quoted the mayor as saying when asked about the new Cubs brass.

    The Cubs organization has talked about using amusement tax growth over 35 years to fund a $200 million renovation of Wrigley Field.  The plan died when it was floated last year. 

    Emanuel told the newspaper he wishes Epstein the best, but that he will keep the best interest of taxpayers in mind.