Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts still pushing plan for state aid

CHICAGO (AP) — Despite apparent rebuffs from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is seeking support in other quarters in his quest for state aid for the renovation of Wrigley Field.

Ricketts planned a Tuesday morning news conference with some 30 union leaders, plus neighborhood business owners and residents to push the plan.

Ricketts wants Illinois to float up to $300 million in bonds to finance the renovation. The bonds would be paid off with the amusement tax paid by fans attending Cubs games.

Daley said Monday he likes the idea of keeping the Cubs at Wrigley for at least 35 years. But he says he will not saddle his successor with a plan that hobbles amusement-tax growth.

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