Ex-Ill. powerbroker fined, sentenced to year in prison
CHICAGO – A federal judge sentenced former Illinois powerbroker William Cellini to a year in prison Thursday for conspiring to shake down a movie producer, capping off the last trial to stem from the investigation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Cellini, 77, was once known to political insiders as the King of Clout for his behind-the-scenes influence in state government. He was convicted last year for his role in trying to get a $1.5 million campaign contribution for Blagojevich from Thomas Rosenberg – the Oscar-winning producer of “Million Dollar Baby” – in exchange for state business.
Judge James Zagel sentenced Cellini to one year and one day in prison and fined him $75,000. Cellini, who suffered a heart attack in June while undergoing a medical procedure, must report to prison Jan. 4.
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