Bill Cellini trial, Illinois Republican political boss, Springfield insider, Blagojevich Rezko Obama, Judge James Zagel

Bill Cellini trial, Illinois Republican political boss, Springfield insider, Blagojevich Rezko Obama, Judge James Zagel

From John Kass of the Chicago Tribune October 2, 2011.

“Cellini flies into court under the radar, and that’s the way he likes it”

“Will this week’s federal corruption trial of longtime Illinois Republican political boss and gazillionaire William Cellini get as much media coverage as the trial of former Gov. Dead Meat?

Of course it won’t. And that’s unfortunate, since the Cellini case appears to be the last in the federal government’s Operation Board Games investigation into bipartisan Combine sleaze.
When Gov. Dead Meat was on trial, the media flocked to cover him. There were dozens of news cameras in the lobby of the federal building. Weird, desperate groupies hung outside, begging Dead Meat to acknowledge them, to touch them, to sign their skin.

But Bill Cellini?


Cellini has been charged with extortion and other crimes, for allegedly using his political influence with government officials (both Democrats and Republicans) to squeeze people.

His attorney, the distinguished former federal prosecutor Dan Webb, has dismissed the prosecution’s case, calling it weak. And Webb also makes the valid point that while Cellini is indeed a wealthy man, there is nothing illegal about becoming wealthy and knowing politicians.

Cellini has made fortunes in state-licensed casino gambling ventures, real estate development with state and Chicago City Hall connections, and management of state pension funds.

So it was probably just an amazing coincidence that a rather timid-looking former high school physics teacher made a killing in all these high-powered, politically leveraged businesses.

Is it a miracle? Or is this just another political story with an Illinois happy ending?

Webb had hoped to narrow the scope of the trial, to have it focus strictly on whether Cellini did or did not use his connections on state pension boards to muscle a Hollywood producer for campaign cash for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The Hollywood producer is Tom Rosenberg, and he’s no shrinking violet, and no stranger to hardball Illinois politics.

But U.S. District Judge James Zagel signaled that he will allow — at least in the early stages of the trial — more background and context. That will help jurors fully understand the extent of the political muscle involved.

Unfortunately, I’ve got a feeling that Cellini on trial won’t generate the publicity buzz he deserves.”

Perhaps part of the reason involves titles of great prestige. Blagojevich, a Democrat, got oodles of publicity before, during and after his corruption trials.

Dead Meat was, after all, a governor. So he had a title. He worked closely with President Barack Obama’s real estate fairy and convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko. And Dead Meat had big hair.”

“For four decades now, Bill Cellini has worn many magic hats in Springfield. One gave him remarkable power over governors. Another was his hat as boss of Springfield. And then there was the cunning cap of media invisibility.

But he also wore a road builder’s hat. It’s more like a crown. For years, Cellini was the boss of the road builders. The kings of concrete and asphalt would flock to him for advice on “shovel-ready projects.”

And so Republican Cellini told the guys they should give money to Democrat Blagojevich.

But after the fundraiser, an amazing thing happened.

Glynn testified that Blagojevich’s senior adviser, Christopher Kelly — the same fellow who was later indicted and then committed suicide — came to see her.

Kelly asked her to wipe Cellini’s name from the fundraiser, and give credit instead to Rezko and former state Sen. James A. DeLeo, D-How You Doin?

Glynn said Kelly wanted her to call it the Rezko-DeLeo-Roadbuilders fundraiser for Blagojevich.

“Chris Kelly told us to call it that,” Glynn testified.

Combine? What Combine?

Good hair or bad hair, jury selection in the Cellini trial is scheduled for Monday.”

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11 responses to “Bill Cellini trial, Illinois Republican political boss, Springfield insider, Blagojevich Rezko Obama, Judge James Zagel


  2. Re: previous post and Social Security…..check out this bill circulating in congress. Too funny!

  3. If Laura Bush or Sarah Palin tried to stage a photo shopping trip to Target, the MSM would eat them alive and ridicule them. Not so with Michael/michelle aka mike for short.

  4. Don’t you all wonder what is in those bags Michelle is carrying?
    Must be things she doesn’t want anyone to know about.

    Maybe the latest issue of Globe Magazine?

    Home pregnancy test?

    Voodoo dolls for her mama?


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  6. Brought over from previous thread. They are talking about a huge tax increase here.

    I wonder what’s next—



    Subject: Fw: HR 4646
    Be sure to scroll down to read entire explanation

    Do you receive a retirement check from Social Security or a pension fund and have it direct deposit?? Well guess what … It looks as if Obama wants to tax it 1% !!!
    Just one more nail in our national coffin, me thinks …

    All of you old coots, and old coots-to-be had better read this. This Obama gang is diabolical. Is your Social Security check on direct deposit?


    1% tax on all bank transactions is what HR 4646 calls for.

    This bill was put forth by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA).

    Watch for this AFTER November elections; remember this BEFORE you VOTE, in case you think Obama is looking out for your best interest.

    YES, that is 1% tax on all bank transactions – HR 4646, every time it goes in and every time money goes out.

    This government just cannot think of enough ways to hurt the American people! I sure hope this dies!!!!! Ask your congressperson to vote NO.


    1% tax on all bank transactions ~ HR 4646 – ANOTHER NEW OBAMA TAX SLIPPED IN
    WHILE WE WERE ASLEEP. Checked this on snopes, it’s true! Check it out yourself ~ HR 4646.

    President Obama’s finance team is recommending a one percent (1%)
    transaction fee (TAX). Obama’s plan is to sneak it in after the November elections to keep it under the radar.

    This is a 1% tax on all transactions at any financial institution – banks, credit unions, savings and loans, etc. Any deposit you make, or even a
    transfer within your own bank from one account to another, will have a 1% tax charged.

    ~If your paycheck or your Social Security or whatever is direct deposit, it will get a 1% tax charged for the transaction.

    ~If your paycheck is $1000, then you will pay Obama $10 just for the privilege of depositing your paycheck in your bank. Even if you hand carry
    your paycheck or any check in to your bank for a deposit, 1% tax will be charged.

    ~You receive a $5,000 stock dividend from your broker, Obama takes $50 just to allow you to deposit that check in the bank.

    ~If you take $1,000 cash to deposit at your bank, 1% tax will be charged.

    Mind you, this is from the man who promised that, if you make under $250,000 per year, you will not see one penny of new tax. Keep your eyes and ears
    open, you will be amazed at what you learn about this guy’s under-the-table moves to increase the number of ways you are taxed.

    ~Oh, and by the way, if you receive a refund from the IRS next year and you have it direct deposited or you walk in to deposit that check, you guessed it. You will pay a 1% charge of that money just for putting it in your
    Remember, any money, cash, check or whatever, no matter where it came from, you will pay a 1% fee if you put it in the bank.

    Some will say, oh well, it’s just 1%. Are you kidding me? It’s a 1% tax increase across the board. Remember, once the tax is there, they can also raise it at will. And if anyone protests, they will just say, “Oh,that’s not
    really a tax, it’s a user fee”!

    Think this is no big deal? Go back and look at the transactions you made from last year’s banking statements. Then add the total of all those
    transactions and deduct 1%. Still think it’s no big deal?

  7. Analysis: Quite misleading. It’s true (as of this writing) that there’s a bill in the House of Representatives, the Debt Free America Act (H.R. 1125), which would impose a one percent tax on financial transactions if passed, and it’s also true that the bill was introduced by a Democrat, Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania (who introduced the same legislation in 2010 as H.R. 4646).

    However, the legislation has zero co-sponsors, nor has it ever been acknowledged, let alone endorsed or supported, by anyone in the Obama administration. Just like every previous version of the bill introduced by Fattah over the past decade, it’s expected to go nowhere.

  8. Does anyone care about the Wall Street protesters? I don’t. Been there. Done that. The 60’s are gone, and America marches on with its message of freedom for all. Thank Goodness. Protest all you want. Obama and his socialist message of class warfare are still going down in a landslide.

  9. Bob Strauss……………………..
    Banks like Wells Fargo have already imposed such fees upon their depositors. I am going to start talking to CREDIT UNIONS,and see if they operate under the same rules that banks are forced to operate under. It would seem to me that MANDATORY fees would be legally tax deductable, which if is applicable the Fed is actually SHOVELING manure against the tide.

  10. Obama Administration Knew Solyndra Was Breaking Terms Of Its Loan – Gave Them More Favors Anyway

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