MEETING PACKAGE: Hard Rock Hotel Chicago Offers 'Pay to Play' Incentives

Inspired by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose impeachment trial begins today in Springfield, Ill., the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago has announced a tongue-in-cheek meeting package that's been pulled straight from the headlines. Called the "Blagojewhichever You'd Like" package, the offer is available to meetings and events that are booked prior to April 30, 2009, and includes a list of five meeting incentives from which planners can choose one.

Reads the offer, "Pay to play. You scratch our back, we scratch yours. Whatever the phrasing, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago is taking the gubernatorial cue this season."

Among the incentives being offered by Gov. Blagojevich's home-state hotel are:

1. Overall food/beverage discount equal to 10 percent
2. Complimentary beverage voucher for Base Bar for each attendee
3. Complimentary wireless Internet in meeting room
4. Complimentary a.m. or p.m. break
5. $25 iTunes gift card for meeting/event planner

Gov. Blagojevich, who has been accused of attempting to sell President Barack Obama's Senate seat, is facing impeachment by Illinois lawmakers, who commenced an impeachment trial today that he has elected to skip. Instead, the governor—who maintains his innocence and has therefore refused to resign—is in New York giving media interviews.

To learn more about the "Blagojewhichever You'd Like" package, which according to the hotel "will be impeached before long," call 1-866-868-5705 or e-mail [email protected].