By The Associated Press

Emanuel: Spat with Quinn not about Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says his public feud with Gov. Pat Quinn over Quinn's pick to run a state sports commission is about protecting taxpayers, not a backroom deal to renovate Wrigley Field.

Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Emanuel said Wrigley Field is "not even on the table."

On Monday, the governor accused Emanuel of "character assassination" against Quinn aide Kelly Kraft. He also said Emanuel wants to pull off a backroom deal to help the Chicago Cubs.

Kraft is Quinn's choice to lead the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, the agency that owns and operates U.S. Cellular Field. She previously was his assistant budget director.

Emanuel says he wants someone with more financial experience so Chicago taxpayers won't be on the hook for any mismanagement or bad business deals.

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