-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.