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Rooftop owners sue to block Wrigley Field changes

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - So much for going away quietly. The owners of eight rooftop clubs overlooking Wrigley Field have filed a lawsuit to overturn Chicago's approval of the Cubs' plan to revamp the century-old ballpark.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court asks a judge to reverse the city's action, saying it broke its own rules and deprived them of their property rights without due process. The lawsuit names the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and its members, as well as the city.

The commission in July approved seven electronic signs, including a left field Jumbotron, expansion of the bleachers and relocation of the bullpens. Owners argue those proposed changes would cripple their business and block their views.

In the lawsuit, rooftop owners allege the Chicago Cubs told them they would be able to sell their businesses to the Cubs for a fraction of the cost of their market value, or have their businesses destroyed when the boards end up blocking their views.

Chicago law department spokesman John Holden has refused to comment on the lawsuit.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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