CHICAGO (AP) — A former Illinois powerbroker convicted of a shakedown conspiracy is expected in federal court for his sentencing.
William Cellini was convicted last year for his role in trying to get a $1.5 million campaign contribution for Blagojevich from the Oscar-winning producer of "Million Dollar Baby" in exchange for state business.
The once-powerful Illinois political player's trial was the last to stem from the investigation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Blagojevich was convicted of corrupting charges last year and is serving a 14-year prison sentence.
Cellini's sentencing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Defense attorneys want probation, noting Cellini is in poor health. He suffered a heart attack in June.
Prosecutors are asking for a prison sentence of 6 ½ to eight years for the 77-year-old.