Emanuel doesn't want to negotiate Wrigley deal in public
Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts discusses Sammy Sosa and the renovation of Wrigley Field.
"We're at the point there will be no taxpayer subsidies for a private entity," Emanuel said when asked what he thinks about the Ricketts family's offer to sink $300 million of their own money into fixing up the 99-year-old stadium.
The mayor called for an agreement.
"I ask all the parties involved to finish this up. We all have a stake in getting it done," he said while talking to reporters at an unrelated news conference at Harold Washington College. "It is not done till all the parts are in place. there are other things necessary to do that."
Asked what he says to the rooftop owners who have invested heavily in the properties ringing Wrigley and could see their business suffer if the city grants the Ricketts family more billboards in the bleachers, Emanuel said, "I'm not going to negotiate in public, but there's a lot of effort being made to finish this up."
The mayor wouldn't say how much power Tunney should have to shape the plan.
"There's a lot of things we're going to work through," he said. "Tom and I have been working on this for over a year. On this recent issue, Tom has been a constructive and productive person in the negotiations, but he too would agree it's important to see this through to the end. we've got a number of issues on the table that still have to be worked out."