Back in January 2007, Gov. Chris Gregoire wagered Washington salmon and apples against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Chicago barbeque and hot dogs that the Seahawks would beat the Bears in the NFC playoffs. "I look forward to enjoying Washington smoked salmon and apples when the Bears shut them down," Blagojevich said. And he did, after Chicago won 27-24 in OT.
A heady time. But what will Blagojevich be eating this week, jail food? Just as the Illinois governor was getting favorable national exposure for his boycott of Bank of America and support for fired workers occupying Chicago's Republic Windows and Doors factory, he was arrested this morning on corruption charges. The allegations include claims he attempted to obtain kickbacks from candidates seeking appointment to Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.
The president-elect promises change, but his hometown machine stays its marvelously crooked course. As late columnist Mike Royko once wrote, Chicago's official motto really ought to be revamped - from "Urbs in Horto" (City in a Garden) to "Ubi Est Mea?" (Where's Mine?).