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Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Jurors Deliberate At Trial Of ‘King Of Clout’

Jurors began sorting Wednesday through three weeks of testimony against a longtime Illinois powerbroker in the last trial related to a nearly decade-long federal investigation of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

10/26/2011

Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Cellini Trial Set To Go To Jury

In their final push to take down a well-connected Illinois millionaire, prosecutors focused on one sound Tuesday — a laugh — as they tried to convince jurors he was in on a scheme to extort campaign cash from a Hollywood producer for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

10/25/2011

Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Cellini Won’t Testify In Own Defense

Millionaire businessman William Cellini has decided not to take the stand during his Chicago corruption trial.

10/21/2011

Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Cellini Prosecutors Rest Shakedown Case

The producer of “Million Dollar Baby” cursed at a clout-heavy businessman about what he believed was a scheme to extort him for a campaign donation, screaming over the phone that he’d never relinquish a dime to then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the Hollywood executive testified Thursday.

10/20/2011

Standing with his attorney Sheldon Sorosky, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (R) speaks to the press outside his home April 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich used the press conference to again proclaim his innocence ahead of his retrial which is scheduled to begin April 20. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Blagojevich Trial Continues With One Less Juror

Rod Blagojevich was back on the stand on Friday in what turned-into a family affair as his oldest daughter Amy attended the trial, but that wasn’t the only change in the courtroom. One of the 18 jury members was no longer in court.

CBS Chicago–05/27/2011