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  • Cellini sentenced to year and a day in shakedown plot

    Cellini sentenced to year and a day in shakedown plot
    Springfield powerbroker William Cellini was sentenced to a year and day in prison today for his role in corruption tied to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Cellini, 77, a longtime Republican lobbyist and fundraiser, had operated for years...
  • When will Blagojevich actually report to prison?

     
    Today's news -- Judge sets Blagojevich sentencing for Oct. 6 -- prompts me to take a look back at a portion of my blog entry from last year, What to Expect While We're Expecting a Verdict: [Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich......
  • Longtime power broker faces trial in Blagojevich scandal

    Longtime power broker faces trial in Blagojevich scandal
    William Cellini's influence behind the scenes in Illinois politics and government has grown over four decades as he turned contacts and access into contracts and cash with a reach that left some envious and others awed. He has arguably been the most...
  • Last Blagojevich-linked trial set to begin today

    Last Blagojevich-linked trial set to begin today
    The last scheduled trial arising from the pay-to-play scandal that toppled former Gov. Rod Blagojevich begins today in Chicago's federal courthouse, this time with a longtime Springfield power broker on the hot seat. William Cellini is charged with...
  • Prosecutor: Cellini in 'eyes wide open'

    Prosecutor: Cellini in 'eyes wide open'
    After listening to a federal prosecutor for nearly 40 minutes lay out how Springfield power broker William Cellini allegedly plotted to extort campaign cash from a Hollywood producer, veteran attorney Dan Webb stood up and put a decidedly different spin...
  • Cellini trial continues

    Cellini trial continues
    A small but key group of people involved in the Illinois Teachers' Retirement System had gathered for a meeting in a Chicago office building in February 2004. TRS Executive Director Jon Bauman and board member Stuart Levine were already there, but...
  • Insider turned star witness tells of deals made with Cellini

    Insider turned star witness tells of deals made with Cellini
    Stuart Levine, a flawed political insider whose cooperation helped take down the Blagojevich administration, returned to the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse on Wednesday to tell of more backroom criminal deals. Levine is the star witness againstSpringfield power...
  • Star witness returns to stand in trial of powerbroker William Cellini

    Star witness returns to stand in trial of powerbroker William Cellini
    Stuart Levine, a flawed political insider whose cooperation helped take down the Blagojevich administration, returns to the witness stand today to testify about more backroom criminal deals. Levine is the star witness against Springfield power broker...
  • First wiretaps played in trial of longtime Springfield power broker

    First wiretaps played in trial of longtime Springfield power broker
    For days, jurors have heard how Springfield power broker William Cellini's formidable reach and connections in Illinois politics spanned the decades and earned him millions of dollars. On Thursday, they finally listened to details about the alleged...
  • Race briefly an issue as Blago juror questioning ends

    Race briefly an issue as Blago juror questioning ends
    Questioning of prospective jurors has concluded in the retrial of Rod Blagojevich, but U.S. District Judge James Zagel is giving the lawyers the weekend to mull their cuts before 12 jurors and six alternates are picked.   Three more made it past the...
  • Lobbyist: Blago moves a 'bad idea' on Senate seat

    Lobbyist: Blago moves a 'bad idea' on Senate seat
    As he did at Rod Blagojevich’s first trial last summer, lobbyist John Wyma testified this afternoon that he decided to go to federal authorities after he grew concerned about fundraising practices at the then-governor’s campaign office in...
  • Blagojevich jury begins deliberations Friday

    Blagojevich jury begins deliberations Friday
    The fate of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in the hands of a federal jury at his corruption retrial. U. S. District Court Judge James Zagel instructed jurors on the law following closing arguments by the lawyers and then sent them from the courtroom...