Rich Miller, who publishes Capitol Fax Blog, makes a feeble attempt at scribbling and blathering about the proposed 600 million dollar bond issue to renovate Wrigley and improve the surrounding neighborhood. They would be issued through the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.
The bonds would be paid off using revenue from the current amusement tax on Cubs ticket sales. Miller holds his nose in favor of it. He hates the Cubs. Miller lives outside of Springfield. He is a fan of the Springfield Corn Shuckers, a AAAAAA sand lot wiffle ball team.
The Trib still owns a small piece of the Cubs. Rich Miller is paid to cobble together the occasional column for the Sun Times, which is against the bond issue. Never one to bite the hand paying his bar tab, Miller is acidly critical. He probably wishes Tribune Tower was bulldozed too.
On the other hand, the city’s biggest Sox fan, outgoing mayor Richard M. Daley, weighed in. He is not sure. It would deprive the city of needed revenue- for more patronage jobs, layers of bureaucracy, unneeded commissioners, aldermanic pay raises, and other unnecessary things. He is worried about the impact on his successor- so he claims.
Of course the Daley’ parking meter deal was rushed through with no thought and no one reading the ordinance or contract. Daley did not worry. He ordered. He did not care about its impact on the people or worse, small businesses.
One way ore another, this deal will go through. Daley is just pondering which contractors he will order the Cub’s owners to use. His real concern? Which pals benefit.