Chicago Powerbroker Cellini Convicted

-By Warner Todd Huston

Bill Cellini, a close associate and fundraiser to disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, has been convicted on two of four counts in federal court this afternoon.

Cellini was found guilty on count 2 — conspiracy to extort — and count 4 — aiding and abetting bribery.

Cellini was found not guilty on counts 1 and 3, conspiracy to defraud and attempted extortion respectively.

Cellini was brought up on charges of trying to coax money from members of the Hollywood scene as well as attempting to trade state contracts for contributions to Gov. Blagojevich’s political campaign fund.

The next phase in this abuse of influence case is the upcoming prosecution of Tony Rezko, the “brains” behind Blago’s corruption. Rezko’s case begins on Nov. 22.

About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.
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