William Cellini Welcome to Prison.

For decades William Cellini was one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes figures in Illinois politics. On Thursday he was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for his role in an extortion scheme involving members of Rod Blagojevich’s inner circle. Acting U.S. Attorney said Cellini’s conviction has sent a strong message to the “bipartisan cabal of Illinois, the people that are the behind-the-scenes folks that fuel the corruption, that raise the money.”

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