Chicago aldermen blast ethics ban on face-value Cubs tickets

FOX 32 / AP - Some Chicago aldermen can't let it go.

Days after an ethics board said councilmen can't accept the Cubs' offer for World Series tickets at face value, several are still complaining at budget hearings for the cash-strapped city.

For years, the Cubs have offered public officials face-value playoff tickets. But a city ethics board took a new stance this year, saying the offer could violate a ban on accepting gifts over $50.

Aldermen, who earn between $104,000 and $117,000, lamented they can't enjoy the perk as the Cubs make their first World Series trip since 1945.

Alderwoman Milly Santiago says she's "a poor alderman" who can't afford pricey resale market tickets. Alderman Mike Zalewski says it's unfair to be excluded.

There are exemptions for the mayor and alderman whose ward includes Wrigley Field.

There are a few aldermen who agree with the ethics board.

Alderman Matt O'Shea, an outspoken White Sox fan, said the situation was embarrassing and that people should buy their own tickets.