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TribLocal - Naperville » NewsEdward Hospital President and CEO Pam Davis feels a sense of closure as former Gov. Rod Blagojevich prepares to enter a Colorado prison Thursday. “I’m …...
Tribune reportersWilliam 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...
Tags: Prosecution, Chicago, Executive Branch, Trials, Elections
With one week to go before former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is sentenced for widespread public corruption, his attorneys have asked a federal judge to consider what they say is new evidence regarding a key government witness. U.S. District Judge James Zagel...
Even before Antoin "Tony" Rezko's long-awaited sentencing began Tuesday, his teenage daughter appeared anxious, her arms clutching her stomach and her face already in a pained expression. Two hours later, when a judge sentenced Rezko, once a top...
In 1998, Keith Bozarth was just weeks into his job overseeing the state pension system for Illinois teachers when he agreed to a meeting at the Renaissance Hotel in Springfield. His lunch companion was William Cellini, a longtime Republican fundraiser...
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...
Weeks before longtime state power broker William Cellini is set to stand trial, federal prosecutors detailed evidence they have against him, including statements he allegedly made about what to do if law enforcement closed in and about his decades of...
Tags: Justice System, Prosecution, Crimes, Lawyers, Organized Crime
Tribune reporterThe 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...
After listening to a federal prosecutor for nearly 40 minutes lay out how Springfield power broker William Cellini allegedly plotted to extort campaign cash from a Hollywood producer, veteran attorney Dan Webb stood up and put a decidedly different spin...
Tags: Justice System, Witnesses, Corporate Crime, Prosecution, Crimes
Tribune reporterFor days, jurors have heard how Springfield power broker William Cellini's formidable reach and connections in Illinois politics spanned the decades and earned him millions of dollars. On Thursday, they finally listened to details about the alleged...
Tribune reporterA former Joliet landfill owner who was in the middle of an infamous spat between Rod Blagojevich and his father-in-law, powerful Chicago Ald. Richard Mell, pleaded guilty today to tax evasion. Frank Schmidt, 40, of Glenview, admitted he tried to evade...
Tribune reporterAttorneys 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...
Tags: Justice System, Witnesses, Prosecution, Crimes, Lawyers
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