DuPage County is hoping to hit a homerun with a plan to bring the Chicago Cubs to the suburbs.
The DuPage County Board is working on creating a proposal to entice Tom Ricketts and his family to consider building a new park for the team in two to four possible locations throughout the county.
Due to recent clashes with the Chicago City Council on Wrigley Field renovations, the owners have said they are now open to exploring options and the county board thinks a move to the ‘burbs could be the answer.
They also feel the Cubs could help the county in return.
“It’s a business opportunity, huge economic development potential,” said Chairman of the DuPage County Board Dan Cronin. “The tax revenue alone, what it could do for storm water management, flooding, what it could do for affordable housing, what it could do to help us with public safety. I would be remiss in my duty if I didn’t put a proposal on the table and something happened where they moved and they didn’t get a chance to consider DuPage.”
Cronin couldn’t comment on any tax incentives the county could offer the team to build in DuPage, but if they didn’t offer anything, the team would still save millions a year because of Chicago’s Amusement Tax.
The county hopes to have the plan ready to present to the Ricketts family by August 1 of this year.
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