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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.
  • Insider Cellini convicted on corruption charges

    Insider Cellini convicted on corruption charges
    William Cellini, Illinois' ultimate political insider who for more than four decades worked quietly behind the scenes to amass wealth and power, was convicted Tuesday for joining an age-old conspiracy scheme that demanded campaign cash for access. A...

    Lawyer: Powerbroker William Cellini won't testify in own defense

    Lawyer: Powerbroker William Cellini won't testify in own defense
    Springfield power broker William Cellini will not testify at his federal trial after all. Cellini’s lawyer, Dan Webb, had raised the possibility that Cellini would take the witness stand. But this afternoon Webb told U.S. District Judge James Zagel...

    Hollywood producer testifies of being strong-armed for campaign contribution

    When his multimillion-dollar deal at the Illinois teacher pension board suddenly stalled in Springfield seven years ago, Hollywood producer Thomas Rosenberg turned to an old friend for help. William Cellini, a Springfield power broker whom Rosenberg knew...

    Cellini trial witness: 'I screamed and cursed' about shakedown

    Cellini trial witness: 'I screamed and cursed' about shakedown
    When his multimillion-dollar deal at the Illinois teacher pension board suddenly stalled in Springfield seven years ago, Hollywood producer Thomas Rosenberg turned to an old friend for help. William Cellini, a Springfield power broker whom Rosenberg knew...