Six months ago, in a show of camaraderie that wouldn't last for long, Illinois's Democratic governor Pat Quinn and Wisconsin's recently-elected Republican Scott Walker made a friendly -- and unique -- wager on a football game.
It was no ordinary match-up: the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers were meeting in the NFC Championship game, the first playoff meeting since 1941 between the storied rivals. So the governors decided to make things personal: whoever's team lost would volunteer at a food pantry with the other in the winner's home state, wearing a T-shirt from the winning team.
Of course, Walker and the Pack won the bet on their way to winning the Super Bowl. But shortly thereafter, Wisconsin exploded in unrest over Walker's plan to limit collective bargaining rights in his state. The already chilly relationship between Quinn and Walker turned downright frigid, with Quinn saying that Walker "should be ashamed of himself." Needless to say, the bet was set aside.
Over this past weekend, though, Walker decided that he would fulfill his side of the bet on his own, delivering brats, cherry pies, cranberries and honey at the Shalom Center, a food pantry in Kenosha, Wisconsin. "We wanted to fulfill the bet on our end," Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said diplomatically, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
And now, Quinn says he'll come through too, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"We'll pay the bet, and this year the Bears will beat the Packers twice and go to the conference championship and win, and then hopefully win the Super Bowl," Quinn said. "But we've had enough of these cheeseheads."
No details yet on when or where Quinn will volunteer to make good.