County Commissioner John Fritchey worked as lobbyist for Cubs
BY DAVID ROEDER Staff Reporter August 29, 2013 1:22PM
The rooftops along Sheffield Avenue overlook ballpark during the Chicago Cubs 10-7 10 inning loss to the San Francisco Giants Sunday April 14, 2013 at Wrigley Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:27AM
A Cook County Commissioner who represents the North Side worked for the Chicago Cubs as a lobbyist for two months this summer, the team said Thursday.
Cubs spokesman Julian Green said the team hired John Fritchey to advise it on a bill that was before Gov. Pat Quinn. The Cubs opposed the bill, which Quinn signed Tuesday.
Fritchey is a Democrat serving the 12th District on the city’s North Side. Wrigley Field is a few blocks outside his district’s boundaries. Fritchey formerly served in the state House.
The bill in question exempts Wrigley rooftop owners from a ban on all-you-can-drink “happy hour” promotions. The Illinois Liquor Control Commission had warned the rooftops that their sales of all-inclusive admissions might violate “happy hour” rules.
Fritchey did not immediately return a call seeking his comments.
Green said the Cubs became aware of the legislation only after the General Assembly passed it. He said Fritchey provided advice on the matter during July and August and is no longer working for the Cubs.
He did not disclose Fritchey’s compensation.
“This was a state matter and not a county issue. There was no conflict of interest [for Fritchey],” Green said. “The bill was signed, so it’s a moot issue.”
He said Fritchey followed applicable rules in registering as a lobbyist. Fritchey did not work for the Cubs on zoning issues related to Wrigley improvements, Green said.
Crain’s Chicago Business first reported Fritchey’s work for the Cubs.