Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reacts as he departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges Thursday, March 15, 2012. The 55-year-old Democrat becomes the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Sun-Times reporter Natasha Korecki, who is replacing Abdon M. Pallasch as the newspaper’s political reporter, is also coming out with a Rod Blagojevich book this summer.
Only in Chicago will be released Sept. 1 as an electronic book by Agate Publishing, which recently began a new imprint focusing on Midwestern topics. The book will be published in print next spring.
In its electronic version, Only in Chicago will scoop Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor’s Office and into Prison, the Blago book by Tribune reporters Jeff Coen and John Chase. Golden will be published Oct. 1 by Chicago Review Press.
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 the book will contain material that did not appear in the newspaper.
“Luckily, all those years of covering the investigation and trials in hyper-detail through the Blago Blog and Twitter paid off,” Korecki told Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder. “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.”
Both books are being issued by regional publishers, suggesting they’re aimed mainly at Illinois readers. We’ll see whether there’s a market for two Blago books. The first, Pay to Play, written by Chicago Tonight’s Elizabeth Brackett and published by Ivan R. Dee, has an Amazon rating of 1,121,875.
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