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Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012

* Gov. Pat Quinn, when asked about state financial help for the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field

“Let’s be serious. We just talked about Medicaid and we have a budget we have to pass, we have to deal with pension stabilization, those issues are far, far higher on the priority list,” Quinn said Thursday.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


16 Comments
  1. - OneMan - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 10:47 am:

    True that….


  2. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 10:55 am:

    I support a taxpayer subsidy for a new Wrigley Field, but Quinn is absolutely right. Now isn’t the time. Let’s get the pressing business finished and revisit the Wrigley plan over the summer or in Veto session.


  3. - 3rd Generation Chicago Native - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 10:59 am:

    I agree with Quinn. Priorities in order.


  4. - Anonymous Me - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 11:05 am:

    Wow. That actually makes sense. He must have taken his ritalin this morning.


  5. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 11:40 am:

    Good for Quinn. The Ricketts wanted a puppy, now they have to take care of it.

    The Sox deal is not an excuse. That was and is a horrible deal for taxpayers, subsidizing millionaires who can put up their own money.

    And the Cubs aren’t going anywhere, by the way. No leverage. Let Rahm fund it through his alleged private/public bank.


  6. - The REAL Anonymous fka Anonymous - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 11:43 am:

    OT, but a great response from Peter Roskam when he was asked by Roll Call whether he was embarassed by some of the recent attention paid to Illinois:

    “…It’s a state with a great heritage that just has to live up to that heritage and that potential.”

    You tell ‘em, Peter. Way to go!


  7. - Mouthy - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 12:05 pm:

    Keep Wrigley the way it is and don’t waste any of OUR money on it or tie it in to a world series win. Ether case is fine…and safe.


  8. - mokenavince - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 12:11 pm:

    If the Cubs can pay Zambrano $15 million to play in Maimi they can afford to fix their own park.
    The Sox from what I heard many years ago wanted to pay off their debt, but the powers that be were happy to get the interest on the money.


  9. - The Captain - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 12:28 pm:

    Coffee is for closers and new stadiums are for winners. Wait til next year.


  10. - Irish - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 12:40 pm:

    But now is the time to spend 10 million dollars on cleaning up the Chicago river which has been a sewer for the last several decades and a couple years are going to make a difference.


  11. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 12:41 pm:

    ===which has been a sewer for the last several decade===

    Well, that argues pretty strongly for a cleanup.

    Ricketts Field is a sewer, too, so maybe they could use that angle.


  12. - surge voter - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 1:33 pm:

    Wrigley field is one of the great places in the world. The problem is they want use government resources or tax dollars to make it more like the Boston Red Sox stadium. That’s crazy.


  13. - Edge of the 14th Ward - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 1:41 pm:

    @surge voter: The next time I visit Fenway Park, I’ll be sure to refer to it as “Boston Red Sox Stadium.” :)


  14. - D.P. Gumby - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 2:06 pm:

    Maybe if Rahm puts Breathalizer-lights at every exit and intersection in Wrigleyville he can raise enuf money…


  15. - Freeman - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 2:21 pm:

    The Cubs just spent $20 million buying the McDonald’s across the street from Wrigley.

    But now they want tax dollars for Wrigley? Ummmm… no thank you.

    Quinn is correct.


  16. - Robert - Wednesday, Apr 18, 12 @ 2:34 pm:

    Well said by Quinn. There’s no chance the Cubs leave the state, so I can’t see the logic in giving away any taxpayer dollars to Cubs ownership.


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