Rahm isn’t swinging at Wrigley proposal

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he wants to find a way to save 97-year-old Wrigley Field, but the taxpayer-financed plan being floated anew by Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is a ‘‘nonstarter.’’

Ricketts is trying again to convince the city to forfeit 35 years’ worth of amusement-tax growth to finance a $210??million Wrigley renovation.

If amusement-tax growth falls short, Ricketts wants to backstop Wrigley bonds with the 2 percent hotel tax used to finance construction of Soldier Field and U.S. Cellular Field.

After striking out with Mayor Daley and Gov. Quinn, Ricketts had hoped for a different outcome with Emanuel. But during a post-election meeting with Ricketts, Emanuel said he reiterated the ‘‘healthy skepticism’’ he expressed during the campaign about using taxpayer dollars to renovate Wrigley.

‘‘It was an informational meeting. It was a short meeting,’’ Emanuel said. ‘‘.?.?. And I let them know that, if all we did was repackage old ideas, that was a non-starter.’’

Emanuel said there’s no question he wants the Cubs to stay put. But he said it’s not his job to suggest financing alternatives to Ricketts.

‘‘There’s work that needs to be done,’’ he said. ‘‘They know that, and they have to come up with a proposal that works both for them as well as for the public. Their job is as owners of the team. My job is representing the taxpayers, and I was clear about that.’’

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