-Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today he's hopeful the Cubs and various Wrigleyville interests trying to negotiate a Wrigley Field rehab agreement realize there are "enough wins there for everybody" to make a deal.
As he has said repeatedly over the past several months, the mayor insisted that he is not trying to force the team, Ald. Thomas Tunney and owners of rooftop clubs around the ballpark to come to an accord. And Emanuel acknowledged the deal isn't complete just days before the April 1 deadline set by Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts.
"We're not there yet, obviously, because you're right, April 1 is coming, but I think there's enough wins there for everybody to declare a victory and have enough to go forward," Emanuel said at a news conference unrelated to the Wrigley negotiations. "And we're actively, in my view, trying to make sure that both parties, or all parties rather, see what's in front of them and the potential of how far they've all come to reach what I think is a good agreement across the board."
Emanuel said he isn't worried the Cubs might accept a recent offer of free land from Rosemont to build a ballpark in that northwest suburb, pointing out the Ricketts family just purchased a parcel of land across the street from Wrigley Field with plans to build a hotel there.
"They're just building a hotel. They just announced they're going to build a hotel. So that's not -- in my view is, if (Rosemont) was a serious thing they wouldn't be at the table negotiating," Emanuel said.
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