In the interest of taxpayers, renovation plan should be fully vetted by public
The Chicago Cubs’ pitch for a public-private deal to spiff up Wrigley Field was already a hard sell. Now, it’s even harder. That doesn’t bother us a bit.
Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts spent the week doing damage control over his father’s involvement with a conservative super PAC that aims to defeat President Barack Obama. Lawmakers, aldermen and a lot of taxpayers were incensed to learn that Joe Ricketts, whose kids own the Cubs, considered spending $10 million to resurrect the controversy over Obama’s relationship with the divisive Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wouldn’t even return the Cubs chairman’s call, and made sure everyone knew it.