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Cubs whiff on pitch to renovate Wrigley Field

The Chicago Cubs’ proposal to use tax dollars to finance more than $200 million in improvements at Wrigley Field has so far missed the strike zone, but the team’s ownership is not giving up.

When Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts unveiled the plan last month, he had hoped for speedy legislative approval of his financing proposal that required the state to issue bonds on the team’s behalf. He said a bill could be introduced during the General Assembly’s veto session held the past few weeks in Springfield.

But the team’s concept never turned into a bill for lawmakers to consider, because of objections to how the bonds would be repaid. The General Assembly’s veto session ended Thursday morning. Get the full story »

Allstate to sponsor Wrigley college football game

The Chicago Cubs and Northwestern University said Allstate Corp., the Northbrook-based home and auto insurer, will be the official sponsor for the Nov. 20, 2010 college football game between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Illinois Fighting Illini at Wrigley Field.

Allstate’s sports marketing activities already include college football. It renewed its sponsorship of the Sugar Bowl earlier this summer for another four years. That affiliation began in 2006. Get the full story »

Cubs warn rooftop operators about game-day sales

ct-biz-rooftops-web-two.jpgFans root for the Cubs from atop the rooftop venue “Wrigley Done Right” on Sheffield. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune)

By Ameet Sachdev | The Chicago Cubs are crying foul over alleged game day ticket sales to rooftop bars
across the street from Wrigley Field.

Cubs President Crane Kenney sent a letter last week to rooftop operators reminding them that game day sales violate a City of Chicago
ordinance governing the rooftop businesses. The letter was obtained by
the Chicago Tribune.

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Ricketts says sign controversy not a big deal

Associated Press | Less than two weeks before the start of his first season as owner of the Chicago Cubs, Tom Ricketts says he’s having trouble sleeping.

That might be from some of the sticky issues he’s already had to confront since his family took over the team in October. But those restless nights also stem from the anticipation and excitement of getting the season under way — as both the guy in charge and a longtime fan.

The latest incident in Ricketts’ short tenure stems from the Cubs desire to erect a Toyota sign above the left field bleachers at Wrigley Field, which some critics say would infringe on the historical ambiance of the second-oldest ball park in the majors, built in 1914.

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