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October 20, 2014, 3:08 am
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Cellini Gets 366 Day Sentence, Says He Takes Personal Responsibility

He had been one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes players in Illinois and local politics, but now Bill Cellini is headed to federal prison.


The longtime Springfield businessman and political insider was sentenced to one year and one day behind bars for his role in an extortion scheme related to the corruption under former Governor Rod Blagojevich.


He was also ordered to pay a $75,000 fine.


Before he was sentenced, Cellini told the court that he took responsibility for his actions and apologized for the pain he caused his family.


He is scheduled to report to prison on January 4th… there’s no word yet on where he will be incarcerated.

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