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Cubs Strike Out in Quest for More Night Games, at Least for Now

Alderman wants club to address other issues before restrictions eased

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    The Chicago Cubs' push for more night games struck out Wednesday when Ald. Tom Tunney refused to introduce legislation that would ease existing limits.

    Tunney said he first wants the team to address parking, traffic and security issues in Wrigleyville before discussing the team's request.

    The Cubs can currently schedule 27 night games and have the option of adding three more for national television purposes.

    It's not clear how many more the Cubs want to add, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel said changes would not be piecemeal.

    "We’re going to do this comprehensively," he told reporters after Wednesday's meeting of the City Council, insinuating that Major League Baseball's upcoming scheduling deadlines add pressure to get a deal done.

    "There’s an agreement to be had. It’s right there. All you need is a little leadership and a little will. It’s right there at the table," he said.

    The Cubs have a $300 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field on the table but say they need the city to make concessions on night games, concerts and closing Sheffield Avenue on game days.