Prior to the start of the series, the Democratic governors of both states, Illinois' Pat Quinn and Massachusetts' Deval Patrick, announced what CBS calls "a friendly wager" over the outcome. The loser has agreed to volunteer at a food bank in the winner's state.
I recall a similar friendly wager between Quinn and Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, over the result of the NFC championship game two years ago between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. The cheeseheads prevailed in that match-up--and "the Pack" went on to win the Super Bowl.
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But Quinn delayed his trip to a Dairy State food bank for six months--for a long time he welshed on his bet because Quinn's Big Labor cronies, who poured $5 million into his barely-successful 2010 campaign, opposed Walker's public-sector worker reforms. Of course the Chicago Democrat was against those reforms too.
Will he welsh on this bet if Boston takes the cup? Possibly--but not because of labor union opposition to Patrick. Illinois, which has a $100 billion public pension shortfall, may not be able to afford to fly Quinn out to the Bay State to honor that debt..
Oh, Illinois is very slow in paying its bills.
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