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Patti Blagojevich on tape: "Hold up that f---ing Cubs s---. F--- them."

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Prosecutors play the infamous Patti Blagojevich segment in which she's heard chiming in over Rod as her husband and Bob Greenlee discuss the Chicago Tribune's drum beat to impeach him.

Patti is heard referencing the Tribune Co.'s hope to get state help for a Cubs and Wrigley Field sale.

Patti: "Tell them to hold up that f-ing Cubs s---. F--- them. F--- them. What kind of bulls--- is that."

Later in the tape, Patti is heard going on about the editorial board:

Patti: "Just fire them... what would William Randolph Hearst do? Say, 'Oh, I can't interfere with my editorial board?'... They're hurting (the paper's) business."
Greenlee: "They've lost all impartiality. They're awful, just awful."

Later, Rod discusses going to Sam Zell and telling him to "fire those f----ers."

Before the call was played, Patti was told to leave the room. She did. As the tape plays inside the courtroom, Rod rubs his fingers over his lips, looks at the transcript seriously and at one point puts a hand on his face.

On an earlier tape, Blagojevich and Greenlee discuss the Chicago Tribune's editorials calling for the governor to be impeached. Meanwhile, sitting in the courtroom is editorial writer John McCormick.

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Jim Thompson was the right governor at the right time to build the Sox a park although Thompson did but the deal did not get done. And Edgar would have waived at them on their way to Tampa. Ricketts will now need to use his own money or his customers money or wait more years to the park to near collapse before the City, county or state will help. What people don't seem to understand is that the Cubs deal was the big money. The Senate seat was change. We see this change has received the consent of the government or not? I am waiting information from them.

Goodness, Bessie, you're beating the same point over and over...and over.

We get it! There's more to this trial than Rezko, I'm afraid.

Find another point to make.

All I can say, is I campaigned hard for Paul Vallas, Blags first opponent in the governor's race.
I crossed party lines to help Vallas win the democratic primary....and guess what, THE PEOPLE OF IL (THE MACHINE) voted for BLAGS...so now we all suffer. Wake up Illinois citizens.

What people don't seem to understand is that the Cubs deal was the big money, 100s of millions. The Senate seat was chump change.

Had the Tribune been able to sell off the albatross, Wrigley, to the State, the value of the Cubs would have increased at least 25%.

Now Ricketts is stuck trying to raise money to modernize the park and he'll have to fight his way thru every preservationist in the area. Patti was right and it cost Zell a fortune.

Jim Thompson was the right governor at the right time to build the Sox a park because Edgar would have waived at them on their way to Tampa. Blago had the same window Thompson did but the deal did not get done. Ricketts will now need to use his own money or his customers money or wait 15 or more years to the park to near collapse before the City, county or state will help.

The deal Blago couldn't pull off will be remembered as the day that the future of Wrigley was set in stone.

Didn't anyone noticed on the night of the first inauguration, she never smiled?

That told me something was not right.

After years of this, even though she supposedly bought minks, I think she wears the $63.00 underwear in the house.

She should be indicted for her dealings with working without pay. That's corruption. It was a scam.

That is not who the IL people voted for. Especially the fact that she participated in inflating the money brought in without working.

How and why should she "be LEFT OUT of the equation"?

Mell should raise the kids. If my mom and dad did and talked the way these two did, I wouldn't want to know them.

Children learn based on how they are raised.

Tisk, tisk...future politicians?

Need to put both of them away, BUT they can put him away simply by telling him he pleads guilty, does prison time, can never run for any office anywhere in the US again, and they will let her walk. Even tho she is just as bad as he is, maybe doing it this way would save us tax payers some money. I don't want to have to pay for all this stuff the rest of my life. Are we going to have to pay for her attorney's too?

THey won't charge Patti because the fed's need Rezko to testify and apparently he's not cooperating...this is why Milorad is soooo cocky.

Sounds like a nice little lady to bring home to mom.

The First Family of Illinois in all their gracious splendor. Sadly, the gutteresque quality of their recorded speech is matched perfectly by their tawdry venality and utterly cynical contempt for the people of this state.

Heck, her husband is trying to do an end run around the legislature with the IFA in favor of the Trib's business interests with the Cubs, and the paper is banging him for legislative end runs -- I think I would have reacted the same way that she did.

Looks to me that potty-mouth patty is complicit in all this. Wonder when she’s going to be charged?

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