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Wrigley Renovations: Tunney Moving Goalposts Again

I'm not making this up. Seriously. Read on.

Courtesy Chicago Cubs

You're not going to believe this one, but Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) is hinting he might not go along with the Wrigley Field renovation deal that he went along with just two days ago.

Here's what Tunney said Thursday at the Chicago Plan Commission meeting that approved the agreement between the Cubs and the city of Chicago:

"Through months of negotiations and discussions, we now have arrived at the point where I have no objections to this project," Tunney declared at the end of a three-hour hearing.

And what's changed? Apparently, Friday night's rain-delayed Pearl Jam concert, which ended after 1:30 a.m., produced some phone calls to Tunney's office:

"It's 1:30 in the morning, and why is the concert on?" the 44th Ward alderman said some residents asked him.

That's not an unfair question; there was apparently a waiver of the concert curfew asked for and granted due to the weather. But check out what that article goes on to say:

Tunney said he is waiting to hear from city officials about any public safety issues stemming from the late show. He said it's too early to tell whether it will affect his negotiations with the city over a $500 million proposal to revamp the aging baseball stadium and surrounding neighborhood, adding he's "working day and night" to perfect the plan.

"Too early to tell whether it will affect negotiations"??? To what? To a deal that he agreed to just two days ago?

Maybe his comments were misinterpreted, but it doesn't appear so. And thus, my conclusion: Really, Ald. Tunney, back off and get out of the way. The deal is done. Shut up, already.