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Journalist Natasha Korcecki: “Blago was radioactive” but politicians dealt with him anyway

Jesse Jackson Jr. was part of “a whole cadre of politicians who knew Blagojevich was radioactive, but dealt with him anyway,” writes Natasha Korecki.  Korecki covered both Blago trials for the Sun-Times and had a ringside seat as prosecutors untangled the web of corruption that defined the Blagojevich administration. Her book, “Only in Chicago: How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois; Embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and Jesse Jackson Jr. and Enthralled the Nation,” details a dark chapter in Illinois’ political history.

New York Magazine does a deep dive on Jesse Jackson Jr.

New York Magazine goes deep on Jesse Jackson Jr.’s decline and gives a detailed look into Illinois’ pay-to-play political culture. Despite the piece’s tale of political intrigue and the health problems that have kept Jackson away from his public duties since June, a landslide victory tomorrow is almost assured for the Democrat with the famous name.


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Gov. Pat Quinn on Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

“It’s always helpful if you are in elected office, no matter what office, to provide as much information to your constituents and to the people as possible. I think that is the way government should be.” Gov. Pat Quinn, discussing the situation of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Combine blind party loyalty with a dollop of celebrity lineage and you’ve got a formula for reelection even if you’re under federal investigation and haven’t made a public appearance in months. That’s the civics lesson Illinois is teaching in the campaign of beleaguered U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Is Jesse Jackson Jr. Going to Provide “Blagojevich Trial II: The Sequel”?

We were hoping that Illinois’ pay-to-play political culture finished its time in the national spotlight when Rod Blagojevich headed to his new residence in Colorado. Now it’s looking like we’ll be back in the national news cycle for all the wrong reasons once again, this time courtesy of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who had a cameo role in the Blagojevich trial and now may provide the sequel.

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