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Rod Blagojevich (D.), according to conversations captured by secret FBI wiretaps.
For others, the state treasurer's office is a stepping stone to higher political ground: Current U. As the state banker, the treasurer overseas all withdrawals and deposits from state and local governmental agencies.
He or she must keep records of all state debts and credits and report these receipts to the state legislature.
Discussing Obama's wish that Blagojevich appoint Valerie Jarrett to the vacant seat, Pritzker said it was only worth it if Blagojevich got something in return.
"The only reason to do it is if he'll appoint you to something," Pritzker told the governor.
Typically, the state treasurer also sits on a number of state boards and commissions.
The problem for you would be the same problem with the Senate really." "I've given you contributions," he added. "First of all, you give money to everybody, like [Attorney General] Lisa Madigan, OK? Which, incidentally, if you can do for me what you did for her, before the end of the year. " Pritzker had donated ,000 to Madigan during the previous year. "There's an AG that I appoint." "Ooh, that's interesting," Pritzker said. "I'm just saying these are all scenarios." Pritzker and Blagojevich's friendship is at least ten years old, dating back to when Pritzker ran unsuccessfully for a congressional seat in Chicago's north side. Pritzker, because ultimately, in the long haul, quality will emerge, (as will) J. Pritzker and his wife, Mary Kay, donated at least 0,000 to Blagojevich's gubernatorial campaigns from 2002 to 2006, the noted.
"I can't, I mean, not while everything's up in the air, but I hear ya," Pritzker said. But anyway …" "If we go in that direction, though, if that does happen, I mean there's some other people who can help us that you know," Blagojevich said. "If you feel skittish about that, which I believe you shouldn't, but go ahead," Blagojevich continued. "I don't think we should even talk about it but I understand what you're saying." Blagojevich also suggested that if he could not appoint Pritzker to be treasurer, then the billionaire could conceivably be appointed to replace Madigan, who Blagojevich was also considering for the Senate. Blagojevich, then in Congress, applauded Pritzker and expected "big things" from the billionaire. B.'s knowledge of issues and his commitment to those issues," Blagojevich said in a 1998 profile of Pritzker. In addition, Pritzker gave 0,000 of his own money to rebuild the Pilgrim Baptist Church, backing up Blagojevich's attempt to use tax money for the same project.
The disgraced former governor intimated that he would seek a substantial campaign contribution in exchange for giving Pritzker a senior political office. The discussions were captured by secret FBI wiretaps, which were given to the .
The conversations between Blagojevich and Pritzker, a major Democratic donor, took place in 2008 just days after Barack Obama was elected president and vacated his U. Several of Blagojevich's convictions involved his efforts to trade an appointment to Obama's vacated Senate seat for campaign money.