Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More Blago Fun

With the rumors climbing the Rod Blagojevitch will be indicted, the articles focusing on his corruption will be regular features this week. Today's Tribune dredges up the story of how Rod tried to mess with Sam Zell over Wrigley Field and possible taxpayer finance of a buyout from the Trib:

According to the records, contact between Tribune Co. and the governor's office accelerated after an earlier state effort to buy Wrigley Field fell through in June. That failed deal involved the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, the city-state agency that owns and operates the White Sox ballpark, U.S. Cellular Field.

The following month, on July 2, Blagojevich met with Zell, according to the governor's calendar.

But Blagojevich told MSNBC in an interview earlier this year that he had a meeting with Zell in which the Tribune CEO told him the ballpark should be torn down and a new one built. He said Zell wanted a park similar to Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.

Blagojevich said he was horrified. He said he quickly had his administration work with the Illinois Finance Authority, one of the nation's largest government financing bodies, to work out a deal to buy Wrigley Field.

Brandt, the authority's chairman, said he did not know who came up with the Project Elwood code name but said Tribune Co. representatives used the name in e-mails and had prepared materials containing the name, along with the authority's and Cubs' logos.

Brandt said he set conditions for the proposed deal—no taxpayer money would be involved, ticket prices could not be artificially raised to repay bonds, Tribune Co. had to guarantee the bonds and the Cubs had to stay at Wrigley for at least the next 30 years.

Nice planned use of public funds there, Rod. And yet you rail on poor Pat Quinn for proposing to raise taxes to cover the financial mess you made? One also notes this paragraph:

Blagojevich's telephone log shows several calls to members of the team, including manager Lou Piniella, coach Larry Rothschild and John McDonough, the team's former president who is now with the Chicago Blackhawks.

What could you possibly have to talk to them about that's official state business?

I think one can safely say that everyone looks forward to your incarceration and the only communication you have with the outside world is FanPosts.

Don't worry. We know where you'll post them.

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