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The [Tuesday] Papers

"Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney on Monday urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to lift the cap on night games at Wrigley Field to allow the league average of 54 games under the lights," the Sun-Times reports.

"It should be lifted . . . We're one of the few teams that not only has to beat everyone in our division, we also have to beat the city that we play in to try and win games," Kenney said during a live interview on WSCR-AM (670).

"Four times a year I go to the owners' meetings, and the other team presidents and owners watch what's happening in Chicago, and they can't understand it. In those cities, they're getting new ballparks built for them, and they're getting street closures and . . .there's no night game limitations. They look at Chicago and say they just can't understand it . . . At some point we'd love to not be handicapped, as no other team in baseball is by the number of night games you play."

Team presidents and owners in other cities just can't understand it. Why is the city putting so many limits on the Cubs? They can barely compete!

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To be clear, this is the model that Crane Kenney, who lives in Winnetka, and his bosses, the 66th richest family in America, want to follow.

Will someone please relieve them of the neighborhood's oppressive regulatory burdens?!

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This just in:

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"On Monday, Kennedy acknowledged that the Cubs could have held more night games at Wrigley this season if they hadn't chosen to host nine concerts."

Oh.

"I got myself into trouble more than 10 years ago when I said that Elton John was going to help us win baseball games," Kenney said.

"But the truth is, all these revenues go back to the baseball operation. These are really important dollars to us because we don't share them with the league."

So the problem is what, now? Really, I forgot. What's the issue again?

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P.S.: They're even selling the ivy.

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Skip Mariotti
"As the Chicago media corps surrounded the city's most exciting player this month before Monday's Cubs-White Sox game at Wrigley Field, Willson Contreras widened his bleary eyes to adjust to the bright lights of the cameras," David Haugh writes for the Tribune.

"The Cubs catcher better get used to the glare. It only will intensify if Contreras keeps playing like the most valuable member of a team that finally looks familiar. The Cubs' post-All-Star-break surge has been fueled by Will power."

This just in:

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TrackNotes: Lazy Hazy Crazy Dog Days
Four big things just happened on four different ovals. Two of them should have and two of them shouldn't have.

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Healthcare CEOs Raking It In
'Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, the CEOs of 70 of the largest U.S. healthcare companies cumulatively have earned $9.8 billion.'

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On The Origins Of Environmental Bullshit
'The anti-environmentalist tactic of countering critiques of industrial impacts on the planet with lies, obfuscation and defamation has a long history.'

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The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Dianogah, Poster Children, Camp Cope, M.O.T.O., Tutu & the Pirates, Roger Waters, Andrew Bird, Acres to Miles, Drive-By Truckers, The Wrecks, Waterparks, All Time Low, The Violin Femmes, Dee Snider, and Big Thief.

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BeachBook

A Timeline Of The Chicago Flying Humanoid Sightings So Far.

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The Media Manipulators Who Poisoned Coverage Of The Dakota Access Pipeline Also Sold Us The Iraq War.

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Mark Clements. See also: Inmates Scream For Help Amid Heat Wave.

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One Of Chicago's Great Record Stores Is Changing.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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