CHICAGO - Sometimes it pays to play in Chicago politics, and other times, it apparently doesn't. But if someone's willing to hand out the dough in hopes of changing things, hey, who's a former state lawmaker and current county commissioner not to take it? For instance, a pinch-lobbyist?
Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey told Crain's Greg Hinz that while talking over lunch to a Chicago Cubs official about legislation that was on the governor's desk, the topic of a temporary "consulting" job "just sort of came up."
And Fritchey agreed to do what he could in 60 days to stop it - except it had already passed both Illinois chambers and was sitting on Governor Quinn's desk. Hinz says the "then-pending measure that was opposed by the team and strongly pushed by the Cubs' archenemies: the rooftop clubs that surround Wrigley."
Specifically, Hinz says, the bill proposed to protect the rooftops against the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, which had warned owners of the rooftops that their sale of daily admission on the Internet might well be a violation of the state's ban on drink-all-you-want "happy hours" at public establishments. The bill did so by exempting the rooftop clubs from the happy hours ban.
No one will reveal what pinch-lobbyist Fritchey was paid to strike out. The bill was signed into law this week. Hinz's story HERE.