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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.

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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