Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday cracked the door open to helping the Cubs wring more advertising and sponsorship revenue out of Wrigley Field and surrounding streets to keep taxpayers off the hook for renovating the 98-year-old stadium.
“Wrigley Field is a great field. The Ricketts [family] purchased it. They have a responsibility that comes with it. We may make changes so they can enhance it. But we’re not gonna do that without consciously knowing who I sit there representing — and that is the taxpayers,” the mayor said at an unrelated event.
The Ricketts family “have a great venue and they thought it was a great venue when they made the buy in 2009. The package that comes together will come together when it’s ready to come together. But I’m there to be a steward for the taxpayers not one for the Ricketts family — and I know the difference.”