This is a nice perk given the playoffs' potentially historical importance for Chicago, and it comes with a baked-in conflict of interest. As Fran Spielman at the Chicago Sun-Times reports, lawmakers approve much of the goings-on at Wrigley, from construction, to alcohol permits, to public health oversight.
Moreover, to sell lawmakers tickets at face value is an especially lucrative perk in Chicago. The most expensive ticket for this weekend's games at Wrigley is $210. Marketwatch pointed out that loyal fans have already shelled out as much as $920 for a single playoff ticket.
To the Chicago ethics board, this is all a bad look.
“It could be construed as a prohibited gift to the city official if they are not announced or if they give away or resell all tickets they purchased at this special price,” wrote Steve Berlin, executive director of the Chicago Board of Ethics. Importantly, the offer itself is not illegal, but could, in Berlin's words, "create the appearance of impropriety."