For a guy with a cartoon-like reputation for brute-force politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel sure has been patient with Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) when it comes to the marathon debate over renovating Wrigley Field.
But there comes a time when debate on a $500 million private investment needs to end and the jackhammers begin.
That will likely require Emanuel to do what he has, so far, refused to do: play the heavy by riding herd over a local alderman.
Jim Houlihan is a member of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks that approved key elements of the Wrigley plan last week—minus the two outfield signs most pivotal to bankrolling it.