Cubs' Tom Ricketts Wants Alderman Tom Tunney Out Of Wrigleyville

Nancy Harty
February 18, 2019 - 5:14 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The week before election day, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts is encouraging voters to dump the current alderman in Wrigleyville.

The feud between the Cubs organization and Tom Tunney has gone back years and involves various aspects of development in and around Wrigley Field. 

Tom Ricketts has donated $10,000 to one of Tunney's opponents and now the Cubs chair and CEO said voters should look at the other candidates running in the 44th ward.

"We believe that the neighbors could do better" Ricketts told reporters at the team's spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona.

"I'm not leading anyone where to vote, I am just saying, take a look," he said. "Everyone has to make their own decision, but maybe it's time to look for new leadership."

Alderman Tunney said while the attitude from Ricketts is not new, the family wants someone they can control.

"If I am difficult to work with, I do that only on behalf of the neighborhood and the residents and their quality of life," Tunney said. 

In the past he has said the Ricketts family is looking for an alderman to do whatever they want — instead of watching out for all business interests in the ward.