Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Steven J. Elie


A suit by the Chicago Cubs baseball organization attempting to overturn amendments to the Illinois Environmental Protection Act as well as a city ordinance which prohibited certain nighttime athletic contests failed. The principle argument advanced by the Cubs was that the legislation was designed solely to apply to the Cub's baseball park, Wrigley Field, and thus violated the special legislation prohibition of the Illinois Constitution. The court refused to accept this argument, taking the language of the statute on its face as also applying to future stadia. The author suggests that given the strong feelings of the city and state regarding lights at Wrigley Field, the ultimate outcome in the case was predestined. Finally, it appears to the author that the Cubs may soon be forced to retreat to a generic suburban stadium in order to turn a profit.