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Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana Extends Hoosier Hospitality to Illinois Governor Blagojevich..and enjoys the Eli’s Cheesecake that we sent him

Although we would have preferred to send out our cheesecake after a Bears victory in the Super Bowl, we are pleased that Governor Mitch Daniels enjoyed our cheesecake with legislative leaders in Indiana and that as a very nice gesture that he sent Indiana treats to Governor Blagojevich




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Governor Blagojevich includes Eli’s Cheesecake in Wager with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

Governor Blagojevich joins in friendly wager with Indiana Governor

Winner depends on outcome of Super Bowl 2007

Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today joined in a friendly wager with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, as the Chicago Bears take on the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

If the NFC Champions Chicago Bears prevail, Gov. Daniels will provide caramels and assorted chocolates from Abbott’s Candy in Indianapolis; pretzels from Pretzel’s Inc. in Bluffton; organic cheeses from Trader’s Point Creamery in Zionsville; Pop Weaver
microwave popcorn from Weaver Popcorn Company in Van Buren; a 15-bean soup pot from N.K. Hurst Company in Indianapolis; salsa and tomato juice from Red Gold Inc. in Orestes; candy from Schimpff’s Confectionery in Jeffersonville; pickles
from Sechler’s Pickles in St. Joe; bottled water from Cole Brothers Water Company in Peru; cinnamon-glazed almonds and pecans from Nutty Bavarian of Indiana in Granger; dip and soup mixes from Soup of Success in Elkhart; and shrimp cocktail from St. Elmo’s Steak House in Indianapolis.

If the AFC Champions Indianapolis Colts win the game, Gov. Blagojevich will send to Indianapolis Lou Malnatis’ Deep Dish Pizza, Eli’s Cheesecake, and treats from Illinois Nut and Candy.

“The Bears fought their way to win the NFC Championship and are ready to take on the Colts to become the top football team in the nation,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “With Lovie Smith as head coach, their unshakeable defense, and spirited fans, the Bears are a force to be reckoned with. We look forward to enjoying Governor Daniels’ wager. We in Illinois are proud of the Bears and wish them good luck in the Super Bowl.”

“We look forward to a great game and good eats. Every Hoosier has a team in this game,” said Daniels. “It’s fun to do business with Governor Blagojevich. We always start by talking about jobs and roads and other business, but sports always comes up.”

Lou Malnatis’ Chicago style pizza is a deep-dish pie so thick and cheesy it must be eaten with fork and knife. Lou Malnatis had pizza in his blood; his grandfather Rudy Malnati helped create the recipe for Chicago style deep dish pizza in 1943, and Lou worked with
his father in Chicago’s first pizzeria in the early 1940s. In 1971 Lou opened his first restaurant, and today Chicagoans can enjoy Lou’s Pizzas at 22 locations.

Eli’s Cheesecake is a Chicago legend, earning rave reviews from critics across the country, including the Chicago
, which dubbed it the “King of Cheesecake.” Although the cheesecake originated from Eli’s A Place for Steak, the Schulman family spun off the famous dessert to form Eli’s Cheesecake in 1980. Gov. Blagojevich is such a fan of Eli’s Cheesecake, he celebrated his first Inaugural Ball with an 800 lbs. Eli’s cake, which featured sugar paste violets (the Illinois state flower), cardinals (the Illinois State Bird), the images of the State of Illinois, and a miniature train to represent the Governor’s tour from Chicago to Springfield.

A Chicago chocolate bear will go along with taffy apples and English toffee from the Illinois Nut and Candy Shop. The Illinois Nut and Candy Shop is the largest kosher candy shop in the Midwest and is expanding into other niche markets. Customers with food allergies can enjoy gluten-free, sugar-free, and lactose-free candy. Illinois Nut and Candy even creates lactose free soft-serve ice cream.

The Bears have not been to the Super Bowl since their 1986 championship, and the Colts have never attended. Coaches Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy are the first African American coaches to bring teams to the Super Bowl. With a vaunted defense and a strong fan base, the Bears should put up at tough fight against the Indianapolis Colts.

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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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