Former Governor Jim Thompson says he is still talking with the Cubs about buying Wrigley Field even though Tribune owner Sam Zell rejected the state's bid. Thompson acknowledged getting a letter from Zell Tuesday rejecting his plan. Thompson is the head of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which wanted to buy and renovate the ballpark for $400 million.
Zell didn't like the idea because it would have relied on the sale of seat licenses to raise the money.
The Tribune Company plans to push ahead with a plan to sell the ballpark and the Chicago Cubs -- a combination that could fetch as much as $1 billion.