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When Jerry Reinsdorf (with the assistance of state Governor Jim Thompson) duped Illinois taxpayers into funding a new stadium for his Chicago White Sox, many observers were not impressed.

"Reinsdorf got the gold mine," columnist John Helyar declared, "and we got the shaft."

[Jerry Reinsdorf's enviable negotiating skills were well-honed long before he arrived at Northwestern University in 1957. While enrolled there, he was offered a full scholarship by the University of Chicago. Playing the schools off against one another other, he told a Northwestern dean that he could not turn Chicago's offer down. Sure enough, Reinsdorf soon had a Northwestern scholarship. His program? What else: law school!]

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