Emanuel: Ricketts controversy won’t block Wrigley deal

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s made his point with Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts and won’t let the controversy over family patriarch Joe Ricketts’ conservative politics stand in the way of a proposed $300 million deal to renovate Wrigley Field.

The mayor told the Chicago Sun-Times he hasn’t yet returned the apologetic phone call placed by Tom Ricketts after reports about Joe Ricketts’ involvement in a conservative “super PAC” considering an ad campaign attacking President Barack Obama by resurrecting the fiery sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former pastor.

But Emanuel said “the point has been made” about how divisive and destructive he believed such an attack would have been and there is no need to prolong the dispute.

The mayor said he does plan to speak with Tom Ricketts.

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