Ex-powerbroker gives up bid to remain free
CHICAGO – A former Illinois powerbroker has withdrawn his request to remain free pending appeal of his corruption conviction and will start serving a year-long sentence Jan. 4.
William Cellini's one-page filing cites "the stress" the case has put on his family and the 78-year-old's poor health.
Defense attorney Thomas Kirsch II told The Associated Press Cellini is considering forgoing any appeal – even though he believes he would prevail.
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