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With last week’s news that the Cubs and Mayor Emanuel have settled on the all-important tax break part of the Wrigley Field project, all that remains of this two-year situation comedy is the obligatory ribbon-cutting ceremony.

That’s where Mayor Emanuel shows up—various dignataries and former Cubs in tow—to take all the credit.

As opposed to the pounding, which local alderman Tom Tunney’s been absorbing from sports columnists and talk show hosts on behalf of the mayor.

As if this this impasse was all about appeasing Tunney and his constituents and not about Mayor Emanuel exacting something—anything—from the Ricketts in exchange for letting them stick a video scoreboard in right field and a see-through sign in left.