Cubs Eye Public Funds for Wrigley Makeover

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly is listening to a proposal

By Al Romero
|  Friday, Aug 19, 2011  |  Updated 9:49 AM CDT
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Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel listening to Wrigley Field makeover ideas because he's a Cubs fan?

Whatever the reason, the Chicago Cubs apparently have the mayor's ear when it comes to a multi-million dollar proposal to rebuild the historic but outdated stadium using a chunk of public money.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts reportedly has met with Mayor Emanuel about a $400 million makeover for Wrigley Field -- with as much as half coming from public funds, according to a report in Crain's Chicago Business.

The Cubs' pitch to use public funds for a Wrigley renovation is not new. 

In the past, former mayor Richard M. Daley was cool to the idea, despite the White Sox getting similar funds some years ago.

Maybe it's just a coincidence that Daley is a Sox fan.

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