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Reid Schar, the federal prosecutor who led the corruption case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is leaving the U.S. Attorney's office to join Jenner & Block, a prominent Chicago law firm. (Credit: CBS)

Lead Blagojevich Prosecutor Joining Chicago Law Firm

The federal prosecutor who led the team that convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office to join a prominent Chicago law firm.

CBS Chicago–06/04/2012

William Cellini leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse after he was convicted of two charges in a conspiracy to shake down a Hollywood producer for a campaign contribution to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Credit: CBS)

Power Broker Cellini Guilty On 2 Counts

Illinois power broker and millionaire businessman William Cellini has been found guilty on two of four counts related to a conspiracy to squeeze the Oscar-winning producer of “Million Dollar Baby” for a campaign contribution.

CBS Chicago–11/01/2011

Springfield businessman William Cellini arrives at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. (CBS File Photo)

Juror Replaced In Cellini Trial Deliberations

A federal judge has replaced a juror at the shakedown trial of a clout-heavy Illinois businessman and told the new jury to start deliberations from scratch.

10/27/2011

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)

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

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)

Jury Selection Begins For Trial Of Powerbroker Cellini

Jury selection has begun in the trial of Springfield businessman and powerful political insider William Cellini, on charges that he shook down a Hollywood producer for campaign contributions.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2011

McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi (Credit: www.co.mchenry.il.us)

Second Bianchi Special Prosecutor Wants Off Case

A second special prosecutor wants out of the upcoming corruption trial of McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi.

06/28/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blago Jury Finishes First Day Of Deliberation; Judge Rejects Mistrial Motion

The federal jury in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial officially went home Friday afternoon after beginning to deliberate the deposed governor’s fate.

CBS Chicago–06/10/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Prosecutors, Blagojevich Spar Over Meaning Of His Words

During a full day of cross-examination at Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial, federal prosecutors repeatedly tried to use the former governor’s own words to discredit him and paint him as dishonest.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich: ‘F***ing Golden’ Meant ‘Good Things For Illinois’

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich testified Thursday that he had no interest in getting campaign cash in exchange for appointing someone to President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat in 2008.

CBS Chicago–05/31/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Judge Completes Questioning Jurors For Blago Retrial

After five days of questioning more than 100 potential jurors, the judge in the corruption retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Thursday that there are enough qualified candidates to take the final step of seating a jury on Monday.

CBS Chicago–04/28/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Jury Selection Inches Closer To Completion In Blago Retrial

Jury selection was nearly completed Wednesday in the corruption retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich as more than 40 potential jurors have been deemed qualified. The judge said only a few more need to be questioned before the final step of seating a jury.

CBS Chicago–04/27/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Judge To Limit Evidence On Blagojevich’s Lavish Spending

A federal judge said Tuesday that he would limit the amount of evidence that prosecutors can present about former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s spending on designer suits and other clothes when testimony begins at his retrial.

CBS Chicago–04/26/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blago Juror Candidate: He Can’t Get Fair Trial

As jury selection continues in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial, one woman who was excused from the pool believes many of those called for duty already have their minds made up.

WBBM Newsradio–04/26/2011

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks about his corruption retrial at his home on April 16, 2011 in Chicago. Blagojevich who was convicted of one count of lying to the FBI in his original trial, faces 20 federal counts at his second trial, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Expert: Unlikely Blagojevich Would Give Closing Argument

Although media reports indicate that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is considering the possibility of delivering his own closing argument at his upcoming retrial on federal corruption charges, one expert says it is highly unlikely to happen.

WBBM Newsradio–04/22/2011

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks about his corruption retrial at his home on April 16, 2011 in Chicago. Blagojevich who was convicted of one count of lying to the FBI in his original trial, faces 20 federal counts at his second trial, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Jury Selection Begins For Blago Retrial

As jury selection got underway Thursday in the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, U.S. District Judge James Zagel questioned 22 potential jurors, eventually excusing or dismissing half of them from the jury pool.

CBS Chicago–04/21/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Big Changes In Store For Blagojevich Retrial

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s second trial on federal corruption charges begins on Wednesday, but it won’t be a simple repeat of the first trial.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2011

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)

Judge Won’t Delay Start Of Blagojevich Retrial

A federal judge on Thursday denied a request from former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers to push back his retrial on corruption charges by a few weeks.

CBS Chicago–04/14/2011

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