William Cellini

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)

Defense Tries To Distance Cellini From Blagojevich

An attorney for an Illinois powerbroker on trial in the last case directly linked to a federal investigation of Rod Blagojevich sought in his opening statement Thursday to distance his client from the disgraced former governor.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2011

Antoin 'Tony' Rezko

Rezko Sentencing Delayed Again

Sentencing has been delayed again for convicted political fixer Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a former fundraiser for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2011

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

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Sentencing Hearing Delayed

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing – originally set for next week – has been delayed indefinitely.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2011

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