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."
If elected officials and city employees attend the game, he said, they must do so “in his or her official capacity -- not as a private Cub fan” -- and take the inevitable booing.
Cubs spokesman Julian Green said the team plans to “support the Board of Ethics opinion by displaying the names of aldermen in attendance on the video board throughout the playoffs.”