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posted: 5/21/2013 4:40 AM

Why help DePaul, but not Wrigley?

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Why help DePaul, but not Wrigley?

Let me see if I understand this. The city of Chicago refuses to give the Chicago Cubs a single dollar of taxpayer money -- which I agree with -- to rebuild Wrigley Field, the third largest tourist attraction in the state of Illinois and the host of 81 games annually.

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But that same city of Chicago is reportedly willing to give DePaul University $100 million of taxpayer dollars to build a new basketball facility.

The same DePaul that has limited fan interest and a facility that will house 17 games per year.

No wonder the city of Chicago is in such terrible financial shape, with deals like that. Makes me glad I live in the superboonies.

By the way, if I were Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, once I told the city I was willing to fund the entire $500 million Wrigley Field renovation by myself, and I am getting grief from a handful of rooftop owners, I would have told the city of Chicago, I am giving you 30 days to deal with those rooftop owners and Alderman Tom Tunney, then I am moving my team to Rosemont. Then those same rooftop owners will have nothing to look at any more.

Gary Koca

Pingree Grove

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