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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • Producer sets stage for details of shakedown in Cellini case

    Producer sets stage for details of shakedown in Cellini case
    Springfield power broker William Cellini and Hollywood producer Thomas Rosenberg, a Chicago real estate mogul who made it big in Hollywood, often crossed paths and shared much in common over the years, including deep political ties and a powerful reach...
  • Cross-examination of star witness in Cellini trial expected to end today

    Cross-examination of star witness in Cellini trial expected to end today
    Attorneys for Springfield power broker William Cellini, on trial for attempted extortion, could wrap up their cross-examination of the government's star witness today. Stuart Levine has been on the witness stand for five days. Cellini's attorneys spent...
  • Cellini's lawyers attack credibility of witness

    Cellini's lawyers attack credibility of witness
    Attorneys for Springfield power broker William Cellini, on trial for attempted extortion, spent much of Tuesday trying to suggest to the jury that the prosecution's case hinges on the interpretations of a star government witness burdened by a deeply...
  • Get ready for `It Ain't Fair! The Squeakquel'

     
    Publicists for perpetually tardy Rod Blagojevich -- adio talk show host, failed reality-TV star and disgraced ex-governor are sending around an alert that he will "will make the strongest public statement to date concerning the charges he is facing" at......
  • Rezko gavel-to-gavel: Week 2

    Rezko rewind. Day 8 March 14, 2008; 5:13 a.m. A hospital lobbyist testified at the Tony Rezko corruption trial that he feared the friend and fundraiser of Gov. Rod Blagojevich would turn a hospital regulatory board against his clients. So Jeff Ladd, the...