Reporting with Natasha Korecki
Harris is testifying about a recording in which Rod Blagojevich demands that the Chicago Tribune's editorial board get hacked if the Tribune Co. wants state help with its sale of Wrigley Field and the Cubs.
"Did you see that Tribune editorial today?" Blagojevich begins on the Nov. 6, 2008 tape.
Blagojevich asks Harris about the results of a meeting he had with an associate of Sam Zell's, the owner of the Tribune, the day before -- the "mission he had sent me on earlier," Harris said from the stand.
Harris had been sent to tell the Tribune the governor wanted its editorial board fired and replaced, or he would not go forward with providing state assistance on the Wrigley and Cubs transaction, Harris testified.
But Harris ignored the directive, he testified, suggesting only that "continued negative (editorial) coverage could cause the General Assembly or others to try to derail the transaction," he testified.
On the tape, the governor coaches Harris to try to line up some positive editorials in the future.
"The other point you want to make is we, we sure would like to get some editorial support from your paper, OK?" Blagojevich is heard saying.
The two are also heard discussing how much the state's help on the sale is worth to the Tribune.
"What's it worth to them, $500 million?" Blagojevich is heard asking.
Harris responds that it's closer to $100 million.
"That's all? How do you figure?" Blago asks.
Back in the courtroom, an agitated-looking Blagojevich is digging into his notebook with his pen as he listens to Harris.