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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.

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Two Books on The Rod Blagojevich Saga Out Now

The downfall of our immediate past governor made for weird TV as it was happening (remember Rod Blagojevich’s starring role in a pistachio commercial?). Its aftermath brings us two new books – one by Natasha Korecki, the Chicago Sun-Times reporter who covered his federal trial, the other by two Chicago Tribune reporters – that tell the story of Blagojevich’s fall. Here is a review of “Golden” by Tribune reporters Jeff Coen and John Chase.

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