Jimmy Breslin to Write Book About Rod Blagojevich's Trial

Sneed is told former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been giving legendary New York journalist Jimmy Breslin free rein in the interview department since the trial began. Blago dined with Breslin, who is writing a Blago book

Mike Royko would have loved the Rod Blagojevich trial. He had plenty in common with the main character, a Slavic kid who grew up in an apartment on the Northwest Side. And the rest of the cast is full of the kind of mopes, fixers and hinky politicians Royko loved to write about.

Royko has been dead for 13 years, so we’re getting the next best thing: Jimmy Breslin, the Mike Royko of New York. Breslin has a contract to write a book about the trial, but he’s been behaving like Blagojevich’s official biographer. On Tuesday, Blagojevich arrived in court with Breslin in tow, then introduced him to the media.

Veteran New York journalist Jimmy Breslin, who is writing a biography of former Gov. Blagojevich, accompanied the Blagojevich entourage at federal court on Tuesday.

Breslin applied for a reserved media seat in the main courtroom to attend the trial. Opening statements in the former governor's corruption trial were set for Tuesday.