Natasha Korecki is a senior reporter for POLITICO and writes the Illinois Playbook, a daily newsletter on Chicago and state politics. Korecki is also the author of “Only in Chicago” (Agate), detailing the federal investigation and trials of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Previously, she was chief political writer at the Chicago Sun-Times, covering the 2012 presidential race and President Barack Obama’s inauguration. At the Sun-Times she also wrote a column and hosted a weekly digital politics show, “Off Message.” Before that, she covered federal courts in Chicago during a golden age of political corruption prosecutions. Korecki covered the criminal trials of two consecutive governors – George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. She created “The Blago Blog,” which drew a national following. Korecki’s work included exposing the evolving sworn testimony of then-U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, which launched criminal and ethics inquiries. She was the first journalist to report that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was under federal investigation. She’s received numerous state and national awards and distinctions, including from the National Society of Professional Journalists, the Association of State Capitol Reporters and Editors, the Chicago Headline Club and the Chicago Journalists Association. She was a 2015 winner of the Dawn Clark Netsch “Straight Talk” award, an IRE investigative award finalist and a finalist for the Livingston Award for a series on Mexican immigration. In 2016, Korecki was named “Illinois Journalist of the Year” by Northern Illinois University’s Department of Communications.
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