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Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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By Michael Tarm, AP
      

Cellini Defense Distances Powerbroker from Blagojevich

Trial of political power broker William Cellini recesses until next Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

William Cellini: Extortionist or Devoted Friend?

William Cellini: Extortionist or Devoted Friend?
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Trial of a man accused of extortion and using his political clout to influence government officials finally got underway Wednesday after more than two days of jury selection. Read »

Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 9:31 AM
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By Lisa Balde & Natalie Martinez

Last Blago-Connected Trial Set to Begin

Last Blago-Connected Trial Set to Begin
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William Cellini allegedly conspired with Tony Rezko and two others to shake down a Hollywood producer to contribute to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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