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Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 8:24 PM
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By Michael Tarm

Convicted Powerbroker Reports to Prison

Convicted Powerbroker Reports to Prison

William Cellini is serving a one-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Ind. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM
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By Associated Press

Cellini Gives Up Bid to Remain Free

Cellini Gives Up Bid to Remain Free

William Cellini's one-page filing cites "the stress" the case has put on his family and the 78-year-old's poor health. Read »

Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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By Sophia Tareen

Cellini Gets 1 Year Prison Sentence, Fine

Cellini Gets 1 Year Prison Sentence, Fine

William Cellini, 77, was once known to political insiders as the King of Clout for his behind-the-scenes influence in state government. Read »

Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM
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By Associated Press

Cellini Lawyers Ask Judge for Probation

Cellini Lawyers Ask Judge for Probation

William Cellini's lawyers argued Monday that the once-powerful Illinois political player should get probation for his role in a scheme to try to get a campaign donation from a Hollywood producer. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM
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By Associated Press

Judge Delays Cellini Sentencing

Judge Delays Cellini Sentencing

A judge has agreed to delay the sentencing of a onetime powerbroker with links to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich until the fall. Read »

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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By Associated Press

Cellini Deserves 8 Years in Prison: Prosecutors

Cellini Deserves 8 Years in Prison: Prosecutors

Federal prosecutors in Chicago contend that longtime Illinois powerbroker William Cellini deserves to go to prison for up to eight years. A federal jury convicted Cellini in November of conspiring to shake down... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM
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By Associated Press

William Cellini Has Another Health Scare

William Cellini Has Another Health Scare

Weeks after a heart attack, doctors treat longtime powerbroker for a blood clot they feared would travel to Cellini's heart and lungs. Read »

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 8:34 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

Heart Attack Will Delay Cellini's Sentencing

Heart Attack Will Delay Cellini's Sentencing

William Cellini faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison for an extortion charge and up to 10 years for solicitation of a bribe. Read »

Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 at 6:20 AM
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By

William Cellini Suffers Heart Attack

William Cellini Suffers Heart Attack

William Cellini, the longtime Illinois powerbroker convicted of conspiring to shake down a Hollywood producer for a contribution to imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign, is recovering from a... Read »

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Judge Again Denies Cellini a New Trial

Judge Again Denies Cellini a New Trial

Judge James Zagel rejects defense claims that prosecutors improperly tried to exclude African-Americans as jurors. Read »

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