CHICAGO — FBI wiretaps from a 2008 investigation of then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich recorded current Democratic candidate for governor, billionaire J.B. Pritzker, speaking to Blagojevich about a state job appointment.
The Chicago Tribune posted the previously unreleased recordings Wednesday. An association with the now-imprisoned Blagojevich could be politically damaging.
A Pritzker campaign statement Wednesday said there was “nothing untoward” about the conversations.
Wednesday night Pritzker himself told reporters, “There was nothing inappropriate about my conversations with the governor.”
FBI wiretaps formed the core of the evidence against Blagojevich. The Democrat’s 2011 convictions included attempt ing to trade appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president for campaign cash.
Blagojevich brings up the possibility of appointing Pritzker to the Senate. But Pritzker doesn’t express interest. He does sound interested in the Illinois treasurer’s job: “That’s the one I would want.”