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Only in Chicago
How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois; Embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Jesse Jackson, Jr.; and Enthralled the Nation

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As the circus of the Blagojevich saga unfolded, Natasha Korecki was right at the center—with stories, scoops, blogs, and tweets. It was a seriocomedy suited to her enterprise and imagination, and she's the one to write the book.
--Roger Ebert


Now that reporter Natasha Korecki is leaving the federal courthouse for the political beat, her Sun-Times readers and Twitter fans won't be getting the scoop from her on corruption trials and other juicy cases anymore. But thanks to Korecki's book, Only in Chicago, they'll still have another chance to savor the inside access she had to former Governor Rod Blagojevich's legal ordeals and surrounding circuses.

--Robert Feder, Time Out Chicago


Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's December 2008 arrest and subsequent trial on federal corruption charges captivated the nation. Shortly after Blagojevich's arrest, award-winning Chicago Sun-Times federal courts reporter Natasha Korecki began writing "The Blago Blog" to capture the seemingly endless stream of surreal moments, shady maneuverings, and salty sound bites emanating from the embattled governor, who was accused of trying to sell President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat, among many other acts in what prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald called Blagojevich's "political corruption crime spree."


Only in Chicago is derived from the best of Korecki's reporting on Blagojevich, weaving together years of reporting as well as never-before published details into one enthralling narrative. From the infamous audio tapes to the strange public relations campaign he and his wife, Patti, waged after his arrest, this is one of the most bizarre true political tales ever told.


Korecki's reporting reveals inside information from the arrest, trial, and sentencing. Interviews with Blagojevich, his wife, and countless other sources offer lucid insight into this often baffling, frequently humorous, and occasionally tragic epic. To many, there was an unprecedented degree of obliviousness to the part played by the eventually impeached Illinois governor, especially given the explicit and seemingly damning audio evidence released to the public.


Also embroiled in this scandal were some of the most infamous players in Chicago and Illinois's sordid political scene. But beyond the slew of backroom deal-makers who were sucked into the Blagojevich imbroglio, many leading lights of Illinois Democratic politics saw the toxic fallout generated by the Blagojevich scandal seep dangerously near. President Obama himself, while never accused of any wrongdoing, was interviewed by federal prosecutors, and now-Mayor Rahm Emanuel's was caught on tape as well. But the powerful political figure who became most entangled with the scandal was U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., who is accused of offering Blagojevich $6 million for the Senate seat through an intermediary.


Only in Chicago is filled with incredible details from inside and outside the courtroom. Korecki is the authoritative voice on all things Blagojevich, having followed and reported on the story from the very beginning.


More praise for Only in Chicago:


Natasha Korecki's chronicle of the Blagojevich saga was a cutting-edge lesson in how to blend old-fashioned reporting with new media. Whether we were reading her scoops for the Sun-Times, her must-read blog, or her tweets, we had a front-row seat for a real-life story that trumped anything Hollywood could have conjured.
--Richard Roeper


Korecki covered the Blagojevich trial in her old job as the Sun-Times' Federal Court reporter, where she wrote the Blago Blog. However, Korecki promises [Only in Chicago] will contain material that did not appear in the newspaper.
--Edward McClelland, NBC Chicago


Her Blago blog and continuous tweets had enormous followings as the trials progressed, and now Korecki has incorporated much of her reporting into a new book about the Blagojevich saga that also contains some intriguing new revelations.
--Eddie Arruza, Chicago Tonight, WTTW

 


Natasha Korecki is an award-winning journalist who covers politics for the Chicago Sun-Times. She previously covered federal courts for the Sun-Times, including the trials of former governors Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan, and also covered legal affairs for the Daily Herald. Korecki authored both "The Blago Blog," which gained a national following during the former governor's trials and "Eye on Rezko'" a trial blog detailing the trial of political donor Tony Rezko. Korecki broke key stories in the Blagojevich probe, including those involving the attempted sale of Barack Obama's Senate seat, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and former U.S. Senator Roland Burris.

Natasha Korecki interviewed on the WLS 890AM show.

Details

Title Only in Chicago
Subtitle How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois; Embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Jesse Jackson, Jr.; and Enthralled the Nation
Author Natasha Korecki
Audience 01 General / trade
Title First Published 01 September 2012
Format ePub
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 1-57284-425-6
ISBN-13 978-1-57284-425-4
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572844254
Reference no. 978-1-57284-425-4
Publication Date 01 September 2012
List Price $2.99
 

Additional Materials

OIC press kit ( pdf 181 KB )
New details on Blagojevich case
Natasha Korecki discusses Rep. Jesse Jackson's involvement with the Blagojevich scandal with WTTW's "Chicago Tonight."

Natasha visits Politics Tonight

Reviews



Quotations

And you thought we were done with Blago! The Sun-Times' Natasha Korecki, one of the best reporters in Chicago (non-WBEZ category, of course), has released a book about the Rod Blagojevich
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WBEZ
-Marcus Gilmer Sep 14, 2012



Related News

"Luckily, all those years of covering the investigation and trials in hyper-detail through the Blago Blog and Twitter paid off. I had those references at my disposal, in addition to my reporting and digging up some new stuff. The advantage of the ebook is it's pretty up to date. It covers the investigation, both trials, sentencing, Blago's bizarre goodbye, and other recent stuff from this year — I interviewed Rezko a couple of months ago, for instance — and some new tidbits."
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Time Out Chicago's Robert Feder interviews Natasha Korecki
-Robert Feder Jul 29, 2012

Korecki covered the Blagojevich trial in her old job as the Sun-Times' Federal Court reporter, where she wrote the Blago Blog. However, Korecki promises [Only in Chicago] will contain material that did not appear in the newspaper.

Sun-Times reporter coming out with Blago book
-Edward McClelland Jul 30, 2012

Reader Comments


Reader comment | Aug 9, 2012, Bill
Where but Illinois could you put former governors into adjoining jail cells? I can hardly wait. This book should be "bleeping golden"!