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Governor Blagojevich Makes It Eli’s Cheesecake and Connie’s Pizza in Wager with Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

Gov. Blagojevich accepts wager

with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on

Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox series

Winner depends on outcome of American League Division


Chicago, October 3,

Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich
today accepted a wager proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, as the
Chicago White Sox prepare to face the Boston Red Sox in the American League
Division Series. The White Sox will host the Red Sox for the first two games of
the series, beginning Tuesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field on Chicago’s
South Side.

If the White Sox prevail
in the best-of-five series, Gov. Romney will send clam chowder from Boston’s
Union Oyster House to Illinois. If the Red Sox win, Gov. Blagojevich will send
Governor Romney Connie’s pizza and Eli’s Cheesecake. Connie’s Pizza opened in
1963 on Chicago’s South Side and is now served inside the ballpark as a fan
favorite. Eli’s Cheesecake debuted in Chicago at local restaurant Eli’s the
Place for Steak in the late 1970s and quickly became a beloved and world famous

“Everyone knows that I am
a lifelong, die-hard Cubs fan,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “But when it comes to
Sox, I prefer white.”

The White Sox are making
their first appearance in the post-season since the 2000 AL Division Series
versus the Seattle Mariners. The White Sox led the American League Central for
the entire 2005 season, setting a new franchise record for days in first place
with 182. They finished the season just one game shy of 100 wins, with a record
of 99-63. A sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the final weekend of the regular
season clinched home field advantage in Chicago throughout the postseason. The
White Sox have not appeared in the World Series since 1959, and have not brought
home the championship since 1917.

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Mayor Richard M. Daley wagers Eli’s Cheesecake with Boston Mayor Menino for upcoming White Sox v. Red Sox series

Thousands of Chicagoans jammed Block 37 across the Daley Plaza today as Mayor Daley hosted a pep rally for Chicagoans to join him, representatives of the Sox and Hall of Fame players like Minnie Minoso, Ron Kittle and Bill Pierce to wish the Sox the best of success in their quest to win the World Series.

Part of the celebration was a wager between Mayor Daley and Mayor Menino of Boston, a great friend of our Mayor, but someone who we hope, will lose his wager. This is the year of the White Sox.

The wager included great foods of Chicago, and in addition to Eli’s Cheesecake, included Robinson’s Ribs, Original Rainbow Cone, Vienna Beer, Stewart’s Coffee, Tootsie Rolls, Connie’s Pizza, Kim & Scott’s Pretzels, Buona Beef and Vienna Beef.

Eli’s created a very special Giant Slice for the Pep Rally

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, in full Sox attire, checks out one of Eli’s Cheesecake’s with Eli’s President, Marc Schulman

South Paw, the White Sox Mascot checks out the giant slice of Eli’s Cheesecake that Eli’s created for the Pep Rally and Bet.


Lt. Governor Pat Quinn is a big fan of the White Sox and Eli’s Cheesecake. Quinn was the only elected official back in 1992 to join then Governor Bill Clinton at Eli’s Cheesecake for a tour and to hear about Eli’s innovative workforce program, Eli’s U. In February of this year, Quinn was the special guest at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, when the school hosted Ground Hog Job Shadow Day for the City of Chicago


Chicago is excited for this series and the great season of the White Sox. The pep rally in Chicago was one of eight around the country as Major League Baseball celebrates post-season play.

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