Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich currently sits in a federal prison in Colorado. He was sentenced to 14 years after being convicted of attempting to sell Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.
Multibillionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker is a 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate. His long-standing relationship with Blagojevich was never a good thing for his campaign, but it’s beginning to haunt him even more now that new FBI wiretaps have been released.
The Chicago Tribute obtained recordings of conversations in which Blagojevich and Pritzker discuss candidates to fill Obama’s U.S. Senate seat. One of these candidates was Pritzker himself, but he’s heard asking the former governor to consider appointing him state treasurer instead.
“Ooh, interesting,” Blagojevich responded. “Let’s think about that. You interested in that?”
“Yeah,” Pritzker answered, “that’s the one I would want.”