What was Harris thinking? The indictment’s wiretap excerpts show Harris cautioning his boss that the whole idea was “delicate, very delicate,” which is, of course, true. It’s easy to see how the extortion attempt could have backfired, and in the end, Harris was wise not to make it, despite his boss’s orders.

Zell and the Tribune Company unloaded the Cubs after seventeen years of ownership shortly before the 2009 season.

John McCormick and Marie Dillon, a colleague on the Tribune editorial board, were revealed this week as finalists for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing for “unyielding editorials urging reform of a culture of corruption in Illinois state government, repeatedly sounding the alarm when lawmakers faltered.”

Rod Blagojevich was “fired” from The Celebrity Apprentice earlier this month. His trial is set to begin on June 3.

Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.