The city of Chicago, the state of Illinois, and the nation at large were captivated by the arrest, trial, and general public embarrassment of Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Shortly after Blagojevich's arrest in December 2008, award-winning Chicago Sun-Times federal courts reporter Natasha Korecki began writing "The Blago Blog" to capture the seemingly endless stream ofThe city of Chicago, the state of Illinois, and the nation at large were captivated by the arrest, trial, and general public embarrassment of Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Shortly after Blagojevich's arrest in December 2008, 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 political maneuvers, 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 work on the Blagojevich scandal, weaving together years of reporting as well as never-before published details into one straightforward, fast-paced narrative. From the infamous audio tapes released of Blagojevich to the strange public relations campaign he and his wife, Patti, waged throughout the trial, this is one of the most bizarre true political tales ever told. In many people's minds, 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.Korecki's reporting reveals inside information from the arrest, trial, and sentencing. Interviews with Blagojevich, his wife, and countless other sources offer lucid insight to this often baffling, frequently humorous, and occasionally tragic epic. 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 Illinois Democratic leaders felt the scandal's toxic fallout seep dangerously near. President Barack Obama himself, while never accused of any wrongdoing, was interviewed by federal prosecutors, and union leader Tom Balanoff claimed Obama called him the day before he was to be elected president, giving him the green light to talk to Blagojevich about Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett's potential appointment to his Senate seat. Only in Chicago includes details about now-mayor Rahm Emanuel's discussions with Blagojevich as well. But the other powerful political figure who became most entangled with the scandal was since-resigned Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who is accused of offering Blagojevich $6 million for the Senate seat through an intermediary. The investigation was colored by the revelation that Jackson's mysterious months-long medical leave was due to his reported in-patient treatment at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder.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 its very beginning. Her story is focused and engrossing, and this book will prove to be one of the most important—and entertaining—accounts of this indelible scandal ever written....
|Title||:||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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Only in Chicago: How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois; Embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Jesse Jackson, Jr.; and Enthralled the Nation Reviews
I heard the author speak at a City Club luncheon in Chicago. She was a great speaker, and her experiences reporting on two Illinois governors' trials (yes, sometimes I'm embarrassed to be from Chicago) sounded fascinating. I bought the book recently for Kindle and read it quickly. While I read some of the news reports when they came out, and occasionally happened on the reporters on my way to court, I didn't follow the trial in detail, so I really enjoyed filling in the blanks as to the investigation of and evidence about Rod Blagojevich. Korecki did a great job explaining who the different people involved were, with just enough background so that I could keep track of who was who but not so much that it slowed the narrative. Blagojevich's character comes across clearly, including his seeming lack of touch with the reality of the charges he faced and what he'd done. I read fiction more often than non-fiction, so I was a bit disappointed in that I'd hoped for a little more of an interwoven storyline rather than what seemed more like strung together accounts as to each different person's story and each different event in the timeline. But the latter is more appropriate for this type of book, which is more fact-based reporting than creative non-fiction of the In Cold Blood variety. (And I recently heard In Cold Blood may not have been accurate in some significant respects.) I'd definitely read another book by this author.
Korecki is one of Chicago's excellent unsung print journalists. Here, she unspools an account of the final days of the Blagojevich administration with great immediacy and clarity, juggling a huge cast of unsavory characters, career politicians and the occasional reformer. In the aftermath of Blago's trial, it's easy to forget some of the secondary players. This book will help illuminate some of those darkened corners.
A good, engaging read with a lot of details I hadn't heard before.
Such a lovable crook, that guy. The best part was when he wanted to appoint Oprah to the Senate, saying that he believed "she's like a black Einstein!"