The fun news today is that Illinois has kept its governors-in-jail streak alive. But this isn’t just your average, everyday corruption story. This one has some baseball!
Blagojevich and Harris conspired to demand the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members responsible for editorials critical of Blagojevich in exchange for state help with the sale of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium owned by Tribune Co.
There is little context provided, but I am assuming that this part happened back when Zell and the Tribune Company were considering selling Wrigley Field separately from the Cubs. I thought that was a bad idea at the time, because it could create incentives for the Cubs to leave Wrigley one day, thus diminishing both properties in incalculable ways. I am also assuming that if Illinois had a non-crook governor who wasn’t driving such a hard and illegal bargain, state help would have been forthcoming, hastening the separate sale.
So, on behalf of baseball fans everywhere, I would like to thank Governor Blagojevich for all of his assistance in keeping the Cubs and Wrigley Field together!