Emanuel rejects Cubs’ request to work nights on Wrigley bleachers, which will now be ready pretty much never

The Wrigley Field bleachers are not going to be ready by May, either:

On Monday, the Cubs said the cold weather meant bleacher construction remains behind schedule, as work could not be done when temperatures dropped below 10 degrees. The left field bleachers are expected to be open by May 11, with the right field bleachers to be open in June, [Crane] Kenney said.

“We were hopeful for a warm winter. We did not get that,” Kenney said. “I think over the last nine days, we lost five days on the bleachers. We’d love to pick that time up by extending our work hours.”

By “extending our work hours,” Chicago Cubs president Kenney meant working outside the legal times of 8 am through 8 pm, which would require special permission from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. That being Mayor Rahm Emanuel who’s suddenly in the middle of an unexpectedly tight runoff election, and doesn’t want to piss off any voters unnecessarily by keeping them awake with late-night construction, so he said hell nah.

The Wrigley Field bleachers are not going to be ready for a while yet. But then, neither are the Cubs.


3 comments on “Emanuel rejects Cubs’ request to work nights on Wrigley bleachers, which will now be ready pretty much never

  1. Funny how the nervous 1% owned Chicago media gave credit to the Mayor for a Cub request that was never formally requested. The Mayor said he would review if the cubs made a formal request to city hall and the local alderman on board. Since alderman Tunny sold the people out and the mayor has given the cubs and Depaul whatever they want, you never know. However the parking meter karma is punishing the mayor and his days are numbered even in a city where elections are rigged for the incumbent.

  2. I hope the Chicago parking deal is at least teaching a lesson to every other municipality in the country. Specifically when the private sector comes to you with $1B, the proper reaction is almost never “Yes, please!” but “Oh, we seem to have an asset that we are massively undervaluing, let’s see if we can’t pull some more revenue from it without also pissing off our entire citizenry.”

  3. …and here I thought that the first job of any Chicago elected official was to collect enough money, legally or otherwise, in the first term that you don’t really need a second…