A day after the Cubs announced a partnership with Chicago Athletic Clubs, Ald. Tom Tunney is talking tough about his terms of agreement according to a report from the Tribune.
Tunney told the Tribune “he would not sign off on a deal unless it included more parking, better police protection and aesthetic assurances sought by Wrigleyville residents and businesses … all issues that have yet to be settled.”
The Tribune reported when Ald. Tunney was reminded that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing for an agreement, Tunney said but it would not be “on the backs of my community.”
The Cubs are trying to finalize a deal by Opening Day so they will be able to begin the first stage of the restoration project in November.
The two sides were not able to reach an agreement on a new contract in time for the Cubs to add night games or additional signage for the 2013 season. Tunney and Mayor Emanuel want a comprehensive deal in place that addressed the signage issue, night games, additional concerts, parking, security, aesthetics and closing off nearby streets for game-day street festivals.