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Rod Blagojevich may have been governor of Illinois but often appeared to do everything but run the state, dwelling instead on his political fortunes and his family's finances, two former top aides to Blagojevich testified at his political corruption trial...
The objections from a prosecutor came almost as fast and furiously as the questions from defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr. Almost. Adam was working hard to keep witness Alonzo "Lon" Monk on the ropes, and he paraded back and forth between a lectern in the...
Rod Blagojevich heard himself described during opening statements at his corruption trial Tuesday as naive, shallow, lacking in judgment and deeply insecure. And that was from his own lawyer, Sam Adam Jr. Hardly a flattering portrait for the politician...
Tags: Lisa Madigan, Regional Authority, Chicago, Fraud, Tony Rezko
They helped Rod Blagojevich ascend to the top of state government, and they cooperated with federal agents in bringing him down. In between, the three former confidants made lucrative careers for themselves by trading on their access to the Democratic...
Tribune staff reportersRepublican insider Stuart Levine, indicted for alleged corruption at two state boards, is cooperating with the federal investigation of state government, sources familiar with the case said Friday. Levine, who was reappointed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to...
Over the six weeks that prosecutors laid out their case against Rod Blagojevich, witnesses and secret wiretaps portrayed the former governor as extravagant, obsessed with his own looks and image, a lousy steward of his family finances, near-delusional...
Tribune reportersWilliam 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. A...
Tags: Regional Authority, Chicago, Fraud, Tony Rezko, Corporate Crime
William Cellini's influence behind the scenes in Illinois politics and government has grown over four decades as he turned contacts and access into contracts and cash with a reach that left some envious and others awed. He has arguably been the most...
Tribune reporterThe last scheduled trial arising from the pay-to-play scandal that toppled former Gov. Rod Blagojevich begins today in Chicago's federal courthouse, this time with a longtime Springfield power broker on the hot seat. William Cellini is charged with...
Tribune reporterAfter listening to a federal prosecutor for nearly 40 minutes lay out how Springfield power broker William Cellini allegedly plotted to extort campaign cash from a Hollywood producer, veteran attorney Dan Webb stood up and put a decidedly different spin...
Tags: Government, Defendants, Fraud, Organized Crime, Trials
Tribune reporterFor days, jurors have heard how Springfield power broker William Cellini's formidable reach and connections in Illinois politics spanned the decades and earned him millions of dollars. On Thursday, they finally listened to details about the alleged...
Tribune reporterAttorneys for Springfield power broker William Cellini, on trial for attempted extortion, could wrap up their cross-examination of the government's star witness today. Stuart Levine has been on the witness stand for five days. Cellini's attorneys spent...
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