Rod Blagojevich Jury Hears About Attempted Shakedown of Tribune Company

Our recommendation is, fire all those (expletive) people, get them the (expletive) out of there and get us some editorial support. ”

— Rod Blagojevich

I understood him to say ... let them know that we would not be going forward with involvement with the sale of Cubs and Wrigley Field and we would not be providing our assistance if they continued to beat up the governor on its editorial page.”

— John Harris, Rod Blagojevich's Former Chief of Staff

The paper’s editorial board had suggested in an endorsement of House Speaker Michael Madigan that it was time for a committee to explore the impeachment of Blagojevich, who grew more agitated about the editorial during a call the jury heard this afternoon.

Blagojevich said a conversation needed to be held with Tribune Co. officials, all the way up to Chairman Sam Zell, about Illinois Finance Authority involvement in a plan to sell Wrigley Field.

In Blagojevich’s view, he was being criticized for going around the General Assembly to get things done, and perhaps it could be suggested to Zell and others that the Wrigley deal fell into that category.