City Council expected to take up Cubs night games, renovation plans
The Wrigley Field renovation deal is expected to be introduced in the Chicago City Council today. Aldermen are also expected to take up the question of more night games at Wrigley.
There are a number of significant items on the Council agenda today, but not the controversial closings of over 50 city schools. Protesters provided a rousing start to the meeting this morning.
Over a dozen protesters were escorted out of the Council chambers after interrupting the invocation. Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not react to the disturbance and the meeting proceeded to address city business.
The Wrigley renovation plan in the ward of Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward) is expected to come up at some point.
Aldermen will eventually vote on raising the Cubs’ night game cap from 30 to 40 games a year. The team is seeking approval for that, the installation of a 6,000 square foot Jumbotron, and other revenue-generating allowances.
A few Aldermen are already predicting a Cubs win at City Hall, despite the concerns of many Wrigleyville residents.
The renegotiation of the city’s parking meter deal, and the exemption of certain non-profit Chicago institutions from city water payments are also expected to be addressed in the Council today.