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October 2, 2014, 5:32 am
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Cellini Sentenced To One Year And One Day


Springfield powerbroker Bill Cellini has been sentenced to time behind bars for his role in the corruption that flourished under former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

 

The veteran political insider was ordered to serve one year and one day in prison for taking part in an attempt to shake down a Hollywood producer for a campaign donation in exchange for his effort to do business with the state.

 

Cellini was also ordered to pay a $75,000 fine.  Judge James Zagel ordered him to report to prison on January 4, 2013.

 

Prosecutors had sought a harsher prison term, saying it was needed to send a clear signal to others who might think about engaging in political corruption. But defense lawyers had urged leniency, seeking probation for a man who they said was an upstanding and generous citizen who is now in frail health with heart problems and other issues.

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