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Five Years After the Blagojevich Arrest, Where Are They Now?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Monday marked the five-year anniversary of Rod Blagojevich's arrest. What followed made Illinois a national punch-line and represented a new low point for Illinois politics.

Convicted Ex-Powerbroker Reports To Prison

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 03.24.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A well-connected businessman once known as the King of Clout for the enormous behind-the-scene influence he wielded in Illinois politi...

Ex-Powerbroker Sentenced To 1 Year In Prison

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 12.04.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge sentenced former Illinois powerbroker William Cellini to a year in prison Thursday for conspiring to shake down a movi...

Judge Refuses Retrial For Former Powerbroker

AP | By MICHAEL TARM | Posted 01.24.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A federal judge denied a retrial Tuesday for longtime Illinois powerbroker William Cellini, rejecting arguments that he didn't get a fair t...

Prosecutors Hope Rezko Sentence Sends A Message

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 01.23.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say the harsh 10 1/2-year prison sentence handed to a former fundraiser for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich should send a mes...

Report: Juror In Cellini Trial Appears To Have Hidden Two Felony Convictions

Chicago Tribune | Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune Reporters | Posted 01.11.2012 | Chicago

Court officials acknowledged Thursday that information revealed by the Tribune appears to show that a member of the federal jury that convicted Spring...

Illinois Powerbroker Convicted In Shakedown Trial

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A multimillionaire who wielded enormous behind-the-scenes influence in Illinois for decades was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to sha...

Prosecutor: William Cellini Trial About 'Abuse Of Power'

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 12.06.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A mega-millionaire who for decades stayed in the shadows of Illinois power even as he wielded enormous influence looked on Wednesday a...

Last Blagojevich-Related Trial Begins Monday

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A woman who follows celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton on Twitter, a U.S. postal worker and a substitute teacher who choked back te...

Blagojevich Sentencing Delayed By Judge

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 11.26.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge on Monday indefinitely delayed next week's scheduled sentencing for Rod Blagojevich on multiple corruption convictions...

Alexi Giannoulias Lincoln Hotel Sale: Building Was Worth Much More Than State's Selling Price

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The $6.5 million sale price Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias accepted for a state-owned hotel once tied to indicted political fund-raiser William Cellini n...

Blagojevich's Brother Wants Own Trial As Power Broker Cellini Cut Loose

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A millionaire power broker who was to go to trial on corruption charges alongside ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was dropped Mon...

Blagojevich Wiretaps To Remain Sealed: Judge

Chicago Tribune | Jeff Coen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The federal judge overseeing the corruption case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has formally denied a request by news media to open all sealed do...

Most Blagojevich Tapes To Be Kept Sealed From Media, Public

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge says he'll largely turn down media requests for access to sealed documents in former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's (...

Blago Trial Document Filed By Powerful Lobbyist Cellini May Become Public

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Sealed court papers shedding light on a millionaire Springfield lobbyist who is a co-defendant in the corruption case against ousted G...

CNN Files Motion To Unseal Blagojevich Wiretaps

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- News organizations are urging federal Judge James B. Zagel to unseal materials in the corruption case against former Gov. Rod Blagojev...

Blagojevich Trial: Co-Defendants John Harris, Christopher Kelly And William Cellini Plead Not-Guilty

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's most recent chief of staff, former chief fundraiser and another Illinois political insider pleaded not g...

Blagojevich To Be Arraigned Tuesday

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arraignment on federal corruption charges has been set for April 14. The federal court schedule indicates that the form...

Blagojevich Loses His Lawyer, Again

Chicago Tribune | Jeff Coen and John Chase | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Blagojevich lost a leading criminal-defense lawyer for the second time since his December arrest, as veteran attorney Terence Gillespie said he was bo...

Blagojevich Indicted For Corruption Along With Brother And Top Aides (READ THE CHARGES, BLAGO REACTION VIDEO)

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and five others were indicted Thursday on charges of scheming to auction off President Barack Obama's vacant U.S....

Ties To Indicted Cellini Helped Kill Waukegan Casino Plan

Chicago Sun-Times | Chris Fusco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A key reason that the Illinois Gaming Board rejected a bid to put a casino in Waukegan was that indicted businessman William F. Cellini still stood to...

Cellini Pleads Not Guilty In Federal Corruption Case

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Springfield millionaire William Cellini pleaded not guilty to charges that he plotted with influence peddler Tony Rezko to shakedown a Hollywood busi...

Republican Power Broker Cellini Indicted

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Political insider William F. Cellini Sr. was indicted Thursday on charges of conspiring with convicted fundraiser Tony Rezko to shake down an investme...