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U.S. District Judge James Zagel’s thoughts on William Cellini.

“It’s in the nature of the culture of Springfield, and for that matter, Washington, that people like to be able to be thought of as having influence and being able to open doors. That’s something that’s very hard to give up, even when you’re aging.” U.S. District Judge James Zagel at the sentencing of longtime Illinois power broker William Cellini.


William Cellini Sentenced to 366 Days in Prison

The longest corruption case in state history wrapped up last week with the sentencing of William Cellini to 366 days in prison.  Watchdog Illinois investigative journalist wonders how effective Operation Board Games will prove as a deterrent to corruption going forward. He quotes longtime Statehouse observer Mike Lawrence: “If we have learned anything, sending a governor to prison doesn’t act as much of a deterrent to other governors breaking the law.”

The most Powerful Player in Illinois since the 1970’s… William Cellini.

In Chicago, William Cellini was known by only a handful of influential political insiders until his indictment on federal corruption charges. In Springfield, he had been a household name for decades – and generally not in a negative way. Springfield’s State Journal-Register offers the capital city’s perspective on the man who, arguably, had been the most powerful player in Illinois politics since the 1970s.

U.S. Attorney Gary Shapiro Gives His Opinion on William Cellini

“I think there is something to be said for incarceration for a person in Bill Cellini’s position…. In certain communities, sentences of incarceration do send messages, and this is a small community we are talking about — the sort of bipartisan cabal of Illinois, the people that are the behind-the-scenes folks that fuel the corruption and raise the money.” Acting U.S. Attorney Gary Shapiro

Chicago Tribune Columnist John Kass Has Plenty To Say About William Cellini

Chicago Tribune columnists John Kass has long been one of the harshest and most vocal critics of longtime Illinois power broker William Cellini. Kass believes Cellini was one of the powerful players who ran a political “combine” in Illinois in which Republicans like Cellini and their Democratic counterparts split up the spoils of jobs and lucrative state contracts.


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