Ex-Illinois powerbroker reports to Indiana prison

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CHICAGO (AP) -- A former Illinois powerbroker once known as the "King of Clout" has reported to an Indiana federal prison to begin serving a year-long sentence for corruption.

 

A Bureau of Prisons spokesman confirmed William Cellini reported Tuesday to a federal lockup in Terre Haute, Ind. It's the same prison where former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is serving a corruption sentence.

 

Jurors in 2011 convicted Cellini of trying to extort the producer of "Million Dollar Baby" for a $1.5 million political contribution. It was intended for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence for multiple corruption counts in a Colorado prison.

 

Cellini is a longtime Springfield businessman. He recently suffered heart ailments and wanted a prison facility where he could get adequate care.

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