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Bill Cellini trial August 22, 2011 yet Cellini indicted in October 2008, William Cellini enmeshed in Chicago corruption world of Blagojevich Rezko and Obama

Bill Cellini trial August 22, 2011 yet Cellini indicted in October 2008, William Cellini enmeshed in Chicago corruption world of Blagojevich Rezko and Obama

“Why did the Illinois Senate Health & Human Services Committee, with Obama as chairman, create and push Bill 1332, “Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act,” early in 2003, which reduced the number of members on the Board from 15 to 9, just prior to rigging by Tony Rezko and Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells

“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich

“There is enough corruption in Illinois so that all it takes is someone who is serious about finding it to uncover it. If a U.S. attorney is not finding corruption in Illinois, they’re not seriously looking for it.”…Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren

It is clear that the arrest, indictment and trials of Rod Blagojevich have been delayed to protect Obama. It is further clear that the prosecution of Blagojevich has been diluted to protect Obama and Blagojevich. I now believe that originally the Rezko trial was delayed to help Blagojevich and then when he fell out of grace as a presidential prospect, Obama became the primary focus of protection. The scheme has worked so far. Obama seized the White House and now controls the US Justice Department.

The following information and timeline makes it crystal clear that Patrick Fitzgerald and the Justice Dept. had sufficient evidence to arrest Rezko, Blagojevich, et al in 2005.

Citizen Wells March 14, 2011

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/justice-department-protecting-obama-evidence-evidentiary-proffer-blagojevich-prosecution-delayed-and-manipulated-collusion-2/

If William Cellini has been called as a witness in the Blagojevich Trial, it has not been reported. Yet Bill Cellini was enmeshed in Chicago and Illinois corruption and he was indicted in October of 2008 and awaiting trial scheduled for August 22, 2011.

William Cellini indicted October 30, 2008

Press release

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2008/pr1030_01.pdf

Indictment

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2008/pr1030_01a.pdf

Here are a few of the many references to William Cellini during the Tony Rezko trial in the spring of 2008.

March 6, 2008

“Prosecutor Carrie Hamilton talks about how Highland Park businessman
Stuart Levine is central to the government case “

“She also explains how William Cellini, a powerful Republican power
broker, was also allegedly central to many of the alleged kickback
schemes at the Teacher’s Retirement System.
Hamilton finished remarks after an hour. She did not mention the name
of Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama, whose U.S. Senate
campaign in 2004 allegedly was the beneficiary of $20,000 in campaign
cash from intermediaries in the kickback schemes the government says
were orchestrated by Rezko.”

March 21, 2008

“That’s where Levine’s testimony is headed right now as he details how
he and Republican insider William Cellini staged a coup to take
control of the Teachers’ Retirement System, the $30 billion pension
fund for most Illinois teachers. Cellini had worked with Levine in the
past on corrupt business deals, Levine has testified. Prosecutors say
Levine and Rezko corrupted the pension fund, plotting to steer tens of
millions of dollars in investments to favored money managers in
exchange for a secret split of finder’s fees for those investments.”

March 21, 2008

“Once the investment received approval, Levine said he had a
conversation with William Cellini, another Republican power broker.
Both Cellini and Kjellander were lobbyists for a company called
Compdent, for which Levine found clients. In testimony earlier this
week, Levine said he had passed bribes to secure contracts for
Compdent, a dental insurance provider, with the Chicago Public
Schools.”

March 31, 2008

“Kelly has not been charged in this case and neither has another alleged co-schemer in pension steering, Republican insider and developer William Cellini. Levine testified Monday that he and Cellini worked with Rezko and Kelly to solidify control over a state teacher’s pension board. But Levine said at one point in the summer of 2003 he confided to Cellini that he preferred to work with Rezko, not Kelly.”

“In the conversation, Cellini communicates to Levine that he is concerned about possible federal investigations because of heat being generated by Rezko and his fellow fundraiser Christopher Kelly, who are out “hammerin’ ” people for contracts.”

April 1, 2008

“In February 2004, TRS allocated $220 million to Commonwealth, and,
Levine said, he had already spoken to Cellini at a meeting before the
allocation was voted on. Among those present was Jon Bauman, executive
director of TRS, and TRS counsel Steve Loren.”

“”I had had a conversation with Mr. Cellini wherein I asked Mr.
Cellini if Commonwealth could make an investment in a company called
Senior Lifestyles,” Levine said. That was a company involved in senior
centers that both Levine and his friend Sheldon Pekin had an interest
in.””

April 2, 2008

“”Every social world, even the crooked ones, develops its own system of
codes and nicknames and so it was with Stuart Levine and his
associates.
As prosecutors played more wiretaps of their star witness Levine in
the Antoin “Tony” Rezko corruption trial, Levine was heard describing
how one key official at a state pension board referred to him as “The
Rabbi.” Another political fixer, William Cellini, earned the nickname
“The Pope” from the same pension official.””

April 8, 2008

“Levine and a regular group of male drug buddies favored a Lincolnwood hotel for the frequent binges, but he said they would sometimes shift the parties to tony downtown hotels. Levine said he often chartered a plane and flew his drug buddies to Springfield, where they partied in what was then known as the Renaissance Hotel. It was owned by William Cellini, a Springfield power broker identified by prosecutors as an unindicted co-schemer in the case against Rezko.”

More on William Cellini, et al to come.