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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.

Thomson Correctional Center

How does a state spend $140 million on a prison it will never afford to open? In 1999, Illinois began construction of the $140 million Thomson Correctional Center, completed in November 2001. It never opened because the state didn’t have the money. Now the federal government is buying it for $165 million. That’s great for Illinois, but  why was this built in the first place? Today, Gov. Pat Quinn is trying to close state prisons.

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