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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cellini found guilty of conspiracy, bribery

    Cellini found guilty of conspiracy, bribery
    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...
  • 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 struggled with credibility long before his conviction

    Blagojevich struggled with credibility long before his conviction
    As a candidate and as governor, Rod Blagojevich loved to toss around the word "corrupt" as he heaped scorn on the business-as-usual nature of Illinois politics. So his reaction to the 2006 conviction of his predecessor, George Ryan, was totally 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...
  • 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......
  • 3 Illinois universities subpoenaed in Rod Blagojevich probe

    Under fire for allowing political clout to influence its admissions process, the University of Illinois is among three state universities that have been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors seeking evidence that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his power...
  • University of Illinois trustees tell of Blagojevich influence

    As two of the longest-serving University of Illinois trustees appeared Tuesday before a state panel investigating clout in admissions, the questioning quickly focused on Gov. Rod Blagojevich's behind-the-scenes influence. One board member remembered...