Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired back at charges that his opposition to Gov. Pat Quinn’s selection as stadium authority chief is based on secret plans for a state takeover of Wrigley Field, asserting that he hasn’t even talked to Cubs officials in five months. Using the authority to buy the ballpark and issue tax-exempt bonds for renovations, added Emanuel, is “ridiculous. It’s not even on the table.”
This is still largely an unrelated spat between Emanuel and Quinn, but it’s still entertaining that it’s turned into a game of “Who can distance themselves from corporate welfare for the Cubs faster?” And it’s going to be interesting to see how Emanuel tries to spin it when he finally does propose a new plan for city-subsidized Wrigley renovations — though at this rate, that’s likely to be after Joe Ricketts dies.