As a Chicago resident, I of course condemn our the actions of our defrocked governor, but at the same time I’ll miss his almost comedic levels of corruption. It made for good reading. For example …
“This could measurably complicate Project Elwood,” wrote William Brandt, chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority.
Project Elwood—an apparent reference to a “Blues Brothers” character—was code for secret negotiations between former Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s administration and Tribune Co. for the state to buy Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.
Two days later, the plan grew far more complicated when Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges. Among the charges were allegations that he was trying to extort Tribune Co.—the owner of Wrigley, the Cubs and the Chicago Tribune—over the state purchase.
“Project Elwood”?! The guy can’t even execute a simple shakedown without throwing code names all over the place? At this point, I won’t be surprised if further investigations to turn up evidence of a tree fort and decoder ring.
(HT: Spolitical reader Eric Nusbaum)