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Richard R. Klicki
Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens said Thursday the invitation he made to the Chicago Cubs to bring the Major League Baseball team to the village is "off the table."
Stephens made the comment during the Daily Herald Business Ledger's Newsmaker Forum on the Business of Sports at the Rosewood Restaurant and Banquets in Rosemont.
Rosemont gained notoriety last year when Stephens made the offer after Cubs owner Tom Ricketts hinted he may move the team if the city of Chicago wouldn't support a $500 million renovation of 100-year-old Wrigley Field. The city eventually approved the plan and renovations may begin later this summer.
"We put an option out there that was just that. There were no formal conversations," Stephens said, adding the only time he heard from Ricketts was when the two met in passing during an event they were both attending. At the time, Stephens said, Ricketts simply thanked him for the offer.
"I don't think, or ever did think, that Tom Ricketts would pull the trigger to leave Wrigley Field," he said. "We're sort of off the table and I think the Cubs will stay where the Cubs belong and that's Wrigley Field."
Stephens then added: 'I'm a Sox fan."