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Tom Tunney was the first openly gay alderman elected in Chicago.Most of his donations come from local businesses, which he has tried to insulate from competition, specifically by supporting restrictions on alcohol service and event hosting at Wrigley Field Plaza. This has gained the ire of the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs. They are heavily supporting a candidate running against him. This pits one wealthy group of business owners against another.
Also, as chair of several committees whose duties pertain to special events and recreation, Tunney holds significant sway in decisions the city makes on how local businesses conduct events and make money. Although Tunney sides with local businesses over the Cubs, his priorities and affiliation with Rahm lead him to neglect vulnerable communities in his ward. It encourages pay-to-play rather than actually standing up for residents.