I repeatedly asked Mayor Richard Daley two questions about the 2016 Olympics.
One was why Daley had changed his mind on an event he once dismissed as a con game played on bidding cities; he never answered. The other had to do with meeting the International Olympic Committee's host city contract provision for full financial guarantee when Chicago had proposed a $500 million limit.
"We are going to sign it as is," Daley said.
With that stunning reply, he did an end run on the City Council, showed how much he wanted the Olympics and revealed the realpolitik with which he ran Chicago for decades.