Power Broker Cellini Guilty On 2 CountsIllinois 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.
Juror Replaced In Cellini Trial DeliberationsA 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.
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.
Cellini Trial Set To Go To JuryIn 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.
Cellini Prosecutors Rest Shakedown CaseThe 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.
Former City Worker Pleads Guilty To Bribery SchemeA 51-year-old former city employee pleaded guilty on Friday to a shakedown scheme targeting store owners selling cigarettes without paying state taxes.

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