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Timeline: Cellini's Rise and Fall
Bill Cellini's road to sentencing has been long, stretching about half a century. His impact on Illinois politics and candidates was statewide.
- In the early 1960s, he was elected Springfield City Commissioner and controlled the public works department.
- Then in the early 1970s, he was appointed the state's first Secretary of Transportation.
- In the late 70s, Cellini remained in the political world by helping the campaigns of Gerald Ford and George Ryan.
- In the 80s, Cellini spent much of his time with his real estate portfolio in Springfield.
- Then, in the early 90s, Cellini helped open a casino in Alton. After taking it public, it's estimated Cellini raked in about $70 million when he sold all of his shares.
- In 2008, Cellini was indicted on charges of conspiracy for his role in trying to get a $1.5 million contribution for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for state business.
- Then, last year, Cellini was convicted.
- In July, sentencing was delayed to today, because of Cellini's health issues.