| Oct 21, 2011
| 2:03 PM
Springfield power broker William Cellini will not testify at his federal trial after all.
Cellini’s lawyer, Dan Webb, had raised the possibility that Cellini would take the witness stand. But this afternoon Webb told U.S. District Judge James Zagel...
| Oct 31, 2011
| 1:51 PM
Herman Cain may or may not be guilty of inappropriate sexual advances on subordinates during his time at the National Restaurant Association, but one thing makes me doubt his innocence: his claim to be the victim of a "witch hunt." The implication, stated...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 9:36 PM
William 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.
| Nov 4, 2011
| 9:17 AM
Prosecutors say Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a central figure in the administration of disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, never provided particularly useful information about his former benefactor to investigators.
The government made the claim in a new...
| Sep 7, 2011
| 5:49 AM
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...
| Sep 8, 2011
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...
| Jun 6, 2011
| 3:14 PM
The trial ended for the day with Assistant U.S. Atty. Reid Schar challenging Rod Blagojevich’s version of why he spent so much time governing Illinois not from Springfield but from his North Side house.
Blagojevich has said part of the reason was...
| Jun 28, 2011
A federal jury Monday convicted Rod Blagojevich of sweeping corruption, putting an end to a tragicomic legal and political drama that brought down Illinois' showy and would-be populist former governor.
In its 10th day of deliberations, the 11-woman, one-...
| Nov 23, 2011
The federal sentencing hearing for convicted influence peddler Antoin "Tony" Rezko — once a friend and personal real estate fairy to President Barack Obama— had just begun in Chicago.
It was just after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when U.S. District...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 7:49 PM
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...
| Nov 29, 2011
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...