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Wrigley renovation plan clears new hurdle

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:50 p.m. CDT
An artist's rendering provided May 1 by the Cubs shows planned renovations at Wrigley Field. (AP Photo/Courtesy the Chicago Cubs, File)

CHICAGO – The Cubs’ planned $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field has won the approval of another city commission and the support of the local alderman – all but assuring the project will go forward.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported on its website that the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday approved the proposal to renovate Wrigley and develop nearby property. The plan includes putting an electronic Jumbotron above the ivy-covered outfield walls of the 99-year-old ballpark.

Alderman Tom Tunney endorsed the plan days after he told the city’s landmarks commission that he didn’t. Tunney said Mayor Rahm Emanuel has assured him there will be no other outfield signs other than the Jumbotron and another large sign for several years.

Approval from the City Council is widely expected because it’s supported by Tunney and Emanuel.

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